Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99¢ for 4 weeks.
NewsOpinionReaders Respond

Walter Reed a leader in breast-feeding promotion

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Maryland has made a major step forward in encouraging hospitals to go 'baby-friendly' in support of breast-feeding ("Hospitals agree to state's breast-feeding standards," Aug. 5; "Progress on breast-feeding," Commentary, Aug. 21). In her report, Andrea Walker and The Sun neglected to include Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as one of Maryland's birthing hospitals and to note its commitment to breast-feeding that predates the state's campaign. Over 1,000 Maryland citizens are born at the "President's Hospital" in Bethesda each year on a labor and delivery service that opened in 1949. More recently, Walter Reed-Bethesda was one of the first Maryland birthing hospitals to begin the Baby Friendly Initiative process when Michael Stocks, the hospital commander, initiated it in 2011. Walter Reed-Bethesda was also one of only seven birthing hospitals in Maryland to receive the Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Gold Award in 2012. Walter Reed-Bethesda is proud to be a Maryland-based hospital, and its doctors, nurses, staff, and patients are proud to be at the forefront of breast-feeding promotion.

Cmdr. Gregory H. Gorman

The writer is program director, NCC pediatrics residency and pediatric nephrologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. These views are the author's and do not reflect the official policy of any government agency.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • State should not privilege minority businesses

    I read the letter regarding the State Highway Administration sign shop with interest until I noticed a lack of interest on the writer's part about the financial soundness of the state making its own signs ("Private sector should make Md. road signs," Aug. 24). After learning of...

  • Marathon holds city hostage
    Marathon holds city hostage

    I am disgusted by the lack of the respect the organizers of the Baltimore Marathon showed to the residents of Baltimore City ("Pennsylvania man wins Baltimore Marathon," Oct. 18).

  • June Wing was a pioneer
    June Wing was a pioneer

    Some unique pioneering women have inspired others to likewise break ground. June Wing (Obituary, Oct. 18) did that and more. She reached out to help countless other women find the courage to follow in her footsteps. May those legions continue to serve as an enduring legacy of June Wing's...

  • Why isn't Israel joining the fight against ISIS?
    Why isn't Israel joining the fight against ISIS?

    President Barack Obama's ISIS war plan includes seeking support from Arab nations and others in the battle in Iraq and Syria, but why is Israel sitting the war out when both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and our government have proclaimed Israel to be our staunchest ally? Is it too...

  • Hopkins is hypocritical on academic freedom
    Hopkins is hypocritical on academic freedom

    On Sept. 26, an interdisciplinary cohort of students, faculty and staff at Johns Hopkins University answered President Ronald Daniel's call to join the conversation on academic freedom, which he wrote, "deserves dialogue and debate" ("Hopkins welcomes debate on academic...

  • DiCara can't be trusted
    DiCara can't be trusted

    I have repeatedly written about the fact that our present elected officials have not concerned themselves with what the residents of Dundalk want and need ("Dundalk voters: Ignore party in the County Council election," Oct. 13). Kevin Kamenetz has offered to sell the North Point...

  • Hogan misleads on Md. economy
    Hogan misleads on Md. economy

    Larry Hogan's main campaign pitch is that under Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, "excessive taxes … have poisoned the business climate" resulting in "lost businesses, jobs, and taxpayers at an alarming rate," ("Hogan, Brown clash on...

  • Is mayor's heroin study just a way to lash out at National Geographic?
    Is mayor's heroin study just a way to lash out at National Geographic?

    Instead of the local government spending money on a study to lash back at National Geographic (which will probably be skewed to support our position), the money should be appropriated toward a solution ("Baltimore's deserved heroin reputation," Sept. 17). Clearly the solution...

Comments
Loading