How an Intermountain hospital is using telehealth to help new moms breastfeed

Intermountain Filmore (Utah) Community Hospital is seeing payoff from a telehealth program designed to help moms breastfeed. 

The program connects moms with lactation consultants at Intermountain Orem (Utah) Community Hospital. Intermountain Fillmore Community Hospital is an 18-bed critical access hospital with 20 nurses on staff, according to a July 10 Intermountain Health news release.

"Before we were using telehealth lactation consultations, our breastfeeding rate for moms who breastfeed in the hospital was just 26 percent," Intermountain Filmore Nurse Manager Shelby Bullock, BSN, said in the release. "About two years and many telehealth consultations later, the breastfeeding rate is now 88 percent. When you serve a small number of patients, every patient makes a big difference in our success rate."

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