Lakeview Regional Medical Center (95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington, 985-867-3800) has been certified as a Guided Infant Feeding Techniques (GIFT) facility by the Louisiana Maternal and Child Health Coalition, the Louisiana Perinatal Commission and the Louisiana Office of Public Health's Maternal and Child Health Program. Twenty-one birthing facilities in Louisiana have received the certification, which is based on a hospitals' programs to increase breastfeeding among the new mothers it serves.

  Lakeview's GIFT participation is part of the state's effort to increase breastfeeding rates to 81.9 percent over the next 10 years. Louisiana ranks 48th in the number of breastfeeding mothers, and has increased from 33 percent to 47 percent over the past five years.

  To schedule a breastfeeding consultation at Lakeview, call (985) 867-4362, or register for a class at

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