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Oishei Children’s Hospital Receives Prestigious Baby-Friendly Designation

Updated: 1/10/2020

Oishei Children’s Hospital is proud to announce that it has achieved the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly Designation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA.

This distinguished honor demonstrates that Oishei Children's Hospital adheres to the highest evidence-based standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies as set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for optimal infant feeding support in the precious first days of a newborn’s life.

“Oishei Children's Hospital is a fixture in our community and the leader in the care of our region's moms, kids and babies,” said Allegra Jaros, president, Oishei Children's Hospital. “This designation is a tribute to our team's commitment to ensuring that every woman who delivers a baby at our community's hospital is given the resources, information and support needed to help she and her baby get the best, healthiest start in life.”

The positive health effects of breastfeeding are well documented and widely recognized by health authorities throughout the world. For example, the Surgeon General’s 2011 Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding stated that “Breast milk is uniquely suited to the human infant’s nutritional needs and is a live substance with unparalleled immunological and anti-inflammatory properties that protect against a host of illnesses and diseases for both mothers and children.”

Oishei Children's Hospital joins a growing list of more than 20,000 Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers throughout the world, nearly 600 of which are in the United States. These facilities provide an environment that supports breastfeeding while respecting every woman’s right to make the best decision for herself and her family.