Phelps Hospital is a designated Baby-Friendly Hospital

Since 2016, Phelps has been recognized as a Baby-Friendly Hospital by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). BFHI is a program from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

What does it mean to be a Baby-Friendly Hospital?

There are several different things a hospital must do to be designated Baby-Friendly. Hospitals and birthing centers must follow certain guidelines that help encourage breastfeeding, including:

  • Helping new mothers start breastfeeding within one hour of birth
  • Showing new mothers how to breastfeed and to keep up their milk supply
  • Not giving pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding babies
  • Encouraging breastfeeding when babies are hungry, rather than at set times
  • Helping form breastfeeding support groups

Baby-Friendly hospitals show mothers how to keep up their breast milk supply, even when they are separated from their babies.

For more information on the BFHI, visit

Want to know more about the Phelps birth experience? Contact the Maternal Child Center today.

Are you planning to breastfeed? Take our breastfeeding class, designed for expectant parents. Bring your support person!

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