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Lutheran Medical Center designated ‘Baby-Friendly’

Initiative recognizes hospitals, centers that provide optimal care for breastfeeding mothers, babies

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Posted 3/13/18

Lutheran Medical Center has received an international recognition as a designated Baby-Friendly USA birth facility. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program carried out by …

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Health

Lutheran Medical Center designated ‘Baby-Friendly’

Initiative recognizes hospitals, centers that provide optimal care for breastfeeding mothers, babies

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Lutheran Medical Center has received an international recognition as a designated Baby-Friendly USA birth facility.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program carried out by Baby-Friendly USA and sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

“We’re proud to be a team of committed providers who have met the guidelines and the highest standards to provide the best possible environment for breastfeeding,” said Marcia Teague, manager of Lutheran’s mom/baby unit.

“We know that both moms and babies benefit when babies are breastfed.”

Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

More than 20,000 hospitals and birth centers are designated Baby-Friendly worldwide, with 489 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States.

In the Denver metro area, St. Joseph Hospital and St. Anthony North have also been designated Baby-Friendly by the initiative.

The Baby-Friendly designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.

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