BabyFriendly_logo_whitejpgWe’re Officially ‘Baby-Friendly’!

International award recognizes excellence in breast-feeding support.

Expectant parents who want to give birth at a hospital that supports breast-feeding can count on The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC). The hospital was recently recognized as a Baby-Friendly birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. The distinction is awarded to hospitals that demonstrate they offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. The award places HOCC among only 211 facilities in the country that have earned the Baby-Friendly designation. Two other Hartford HealthCare partners, Hartford Hospital and MidState Medical Center, also hold the honor.

The international award, based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, recognizes birthing facilities that offer mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breast-feeding their babies. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. Baby-Friendly USA Inc. is the U.S. authority for program implementation.

“All of our mothers and babies benefit from the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative regardless of how moms choose to feed their babies,” says Dr. Annmarie Golioto, HOCC chief of Pediatrics. “The initiative emphasizes early and uninterrupted bonding between mom and baby and education for both staff members and patients regarding optimal feeding for infants.”

For more information on Baby-Friendly USA Inc. and the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, visit www.babyfriendlyusa.org.