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Published on February 26, 2014

Bryan Health Earns Baby Friendly Status

Bryan Health has recently been re-certified as a Baby Friendly hospital, one of only 172 in the United States. “Baby-friendly” means that the organization has taken every possible measure to educate and encourage mothers to breastfeed their babies for as long as possible. Strong scientific evidence shows breastfed babies have fewer illnesses and less serious disease. Human milk provides the optimal mix of nutrition and antibodies, allowing babies to thrive.

Elizabeth Dolezal, lactation consultant, RN, IBCLC, Bryan Family Birthplace says, “The Bryan nurses, physicians, and lactation consultants are all dedicated to helping new moms breastfeed.  By implementing the steps for baby-friendly certification, new moms have the education, support and confidence they need to succeed.” Dolezal continues, “Because of our baby-friendly status, our breastfeeding rates are high. Eighty-five percent of our new moms initiate breastfeeding in the hospital. Ninety percent leave the hospital feeding breast milk exclusively without supplementing formula.”

Hospitals pursuing certification must implement ten steps endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatricians, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Baby Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA) is a global initiative of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Its work is predicated on the fact that human milk fed through the mother’s breast is the most nutritious way for infants to be nourished.

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