Success Story

It has long been recognized that breastfeeding plays a critical role in maternal and baby health. Living Healthy in Washington County supports breastfeeding through two SHIP strategy areas – Health Care and Worksite Wellness. Measureable progress has been made in each of these areas to the great benefit of mothers, babies, and families in the county. Read more


Washington County Public Health and Environment named Breastfeeding Friendly Health Department
The hard work to establish the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment as Breastfeeding Friendly has paid off.  On Sept. 15, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) notified the county department that it had been named a gold-level Breastfeeding Friendly Health Department. Read more…

The HealthEast hospital system has received national certification for breast-feeding support.
The system’s three hospitals — Woodwinds, St. Joseph’s in St. Paul, and St. John’s in Maplewood — were officially certified in August under the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. Only 7.6 percent of hospitals in the country have the certification, and HealthEast is Minnesota’s first system wide, baby-friendly hospital group.

“One of the driving forces for HealthEast’s certification was improving exclusive breast-feeding rates for new mothers”, said Jeanette Schwartz, Woodwinds maternity clinical director. Although 90 percent of mothers at HealthEast were initiating breast-feeding after delivering, only about 40 percent were exclusively breast-feeding once they left the hospital. Woodwinds led the charge toward Baby Friendly Hospital Certification during the SHIP 1 grant through work with Living Healthy in Washington County and the local Breastfeeding Coalition. Congratulations HealthEast! For more information, view Healthwave article.

Breastfeeding Support
In 2016, the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is working to increase Clinic-Community Linkages that are equitable through supporting access to health care prevention services to address breastfeeding support, tobacco cessation, and pediatric and/or adult obesity. Through SHIP 4, Living Healthy in Washington County is working to establish breastfeeding supports for hospitals to become Baby-Friendly and hire a breastfeeding consultant to help us carry out these efforts. SHIP Staff will provide technical assistance, training opportunities and ongoing support for interested health care partners within the county. Stay tuned for more details.

Allina Clinic - Woodbury

Central Pediatrics - Woodbury

Comprehensive Healthcare for Women

Fairview Lakes Medical Center

Grace Medical

LaLeche League of South Washington County

Lakeview Health

Stillwater Medical Group

Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Woodwinds Health Campus









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