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The Colorado Can Do 5!

Five hospital maternity care practices that will help with successful breastfeeding:    

1. Infants are breastfed in the first hour after birth.    
2. Infants stay in the same room as their mothers.    
3. Infants are fed only breast milk and receive no supplementation.    
4. No pacifier is used.    
5. Staff gives mothers a telephone number to call for help with breastfeeding.    

Publications and Print

Colorado Can Do 5! Initiative

Getting it Right After Delivery: Five Hospital Practices that Support Breastfeeding

Colorado Can Do 5! Crib Cards

Hospitals achieving the Colorado Can Do 5! B.E.S.T. (Breastfeeding Excellence Starts Today) Award

33 Colorado hospitals currently have this recognition and we hope many more to come! This means they have policies that describe each of the five practices that are a part of the Can Do 5! 

The hospitals recognized at the Annual Colorado Breastfeeding Summit in 2012 are:

  1. The Medical Center of Aurora
  2. University of Colorado Hospital
  3. St. Francis Medical Center
  4. Delta Memorial Hospital
  5. Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital
  6. Presbyterian/St Luke’s Medical Center
  7. Swedish Medical Center
  8. Estes Park Medical Center
  9. St. Anthony Summit Medical Center
  10. Littleton Adventist Hospital
  11. Sky Ridge Medical Center
  12. Longmont United Hospital
  13. Avista Adventist Hospital
  14. Medical Center of the Rockies
  15. Parker Adventist Hospital
  16. Parkview Medical Center
  17. Sterling Regional Medical Center
  18. St. Anthony North Hospital
  19. Exempla Lutheran Medical Center
  20. Yuma District Hospital


Previous Hospitals recognized in 2011:

  1. Aspen Valley Hospital
  2. Poudre Valley Hospital
  3. Rose Medical Center
  4. North Suburban Medical Center
  5. Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center
  6. North Colorado Medical Center
  7. Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center
  8. Boulder Community Hospital
  9. St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
  10. Denver Health Medical Center
  11. Memorial Health System
  12. McKee Medical Center
  13. Colorado Plains Medical Center