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Hospital recognized as baby-friendly

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Lovelace Women’s Hospital has achieved international recognition as a baby-friendly designated birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA.

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

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

“As New Mexico’s first and only hospital dedicated to women’s health, Lovelace Women’s Hospital is extremely proud to earn the designation of a Baby-Friendly hospital,” said Sheri Milone, CEO of Lovelace Women’s Hospital. “The criteria for this designation are very challenging and set the standards for the highest quality of care of our mothers and infants. I congratulate our health care providers and staff on meeting the highest levels on achieving such prestigious recognition.”

Dr. Abraham Lichtmacher, chief of women’s services at Lovelace Health System, said the achievement “validates our longstanding support of our patients and our breastfeeding practices.”

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