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Baby-Friendly Designation: NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens is the only hospital in Queens County designated a “Baby Friendly” hospital and one of only four in New York City. Hospitals with the “Baby Friendly designation are recognized for maternity facilities offering the highest levels of breastfeeding education and support and for having environments that foster and encourage maternal-infant bonding.
In 2014, NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens received the very prestigious designation of being named a “Baby Friendly” hospital by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) after a rigorous 2-day survey by an assessment team from Baby-Friendly USA where it demonstrated successful implementation of the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding”, which represent evidence-based practices that have been shown to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration.
Baby-Friendly care means:
Baby-Friendly Hospitals have demonstrated these Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding:
As a result of the implementation of the Baby-Friendly practices, the number of new mothers exclusively breastfeeding during their stay increased dramatically as has the participation in our breastfeeding educational programs and La Leche League meetings. Baby-Friendly is not just about breastfeeding – the entire family benefits from a healthier lifestyle.
Each year, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action organizes World Breastfeeding Week during the first week in August. This special week is recognized in 120+ different countries around the world. To kick off World Breastfeeding Week, NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens annually participates in a global event called “The Big Latch On” – an attempt to break the world’s record for the number of children simultaneously breastfeeding in 846 locations across the globe and to raise awareness and garner support for breastfeeding mothers everywhere.
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