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 (BHFI). BHFI 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.