Highland Hospital has increased the percentage of its new mothers breast-feeding to more than 90 percent.
In 2004, it had the lowest rate of any hospital in Alameda County, with only 28 percent of mothers seen there exclusively breast-feeding.
Since then, it has started 24-hour phone and pager access to board-certified lactation consultants, a Sunday clinic for high-risk newborns, a breast pump loan program and breast-feeding support in its maternal and child care units.
Breast-feeding helps infants gain resistance to disease and infection. According to the California Health Care Foundation, only 66.8 percent of state newborns are fed exclusive breast milk.
Highland is one of three designated baby-friendly Bay Area hospitals.