Michigan Hospital Designated Baby Friendly
Michigan Hospital Designated Baby Friendly

DETROIT CBS Detroit Looking for a place to get comfy with your new baby Think about William Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe which is the only hospital in the state designated as Baby Friendly by the group BabyFriendly USA

BabyFriendly which is sponsored by the World Health Organization and United Nations Childrens Fund recognizes hospitals that provide a high level of care and education for breastfeeding mothers and their babies

Our nurses and physicians have worked persistently to achieve this prestigious international designation said Jeanne Lewandowski MD chief of Pediatrics at Beaumont Grosse Pointe The Baby Friendly initiative demonstrates Beaumonts commitment to practices that lead to improved health outcomes for babies and mothers in our community


There are more than 20000 designated BabyFriendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide Currently there are 138 active BabyFriendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States While Beaumont Grosse Pointe is the only hospital in the state to receive the designation Beaumont Heath Systems said it is working to achieve BabyFriendly status at its hospitals in Troy and Royal Oak

Beaumont Grosse Pointe supports breastfeeding through The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding for Hospitals as outlined by UNICEF and WHO

The steps include following a policy that is routinely communicated educating expecting mothers about breastfeeding helping initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth and teaching women how to maintain lactation The Ten Steps encourage breastfeeding on demand and rooming in to allow mothers and babies to remain together as well as referring mothers to breastfeeding support upon discharge

Unless medically indicated no food drink other than breast milk or artificial nipples are to be given to breastfeeding infants

Date : 17 Apr, 2012
Reference : http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/04/16/michigan-hospital-designated-baby-friendly/

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