KishHealth seeking Baby-Friendly designation
SANDWICH — Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb and Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich are pursuing a Baby-Friendly Hospital designation.
“We feel very fortunate that Kishwaukee Community Hospital and Valley West Community Hospital have been selected to participate in this wonderful project,” said Tami Johnson, clinical nurse leader for KishHealth Maternity Suites. “Although both hospitals already have many baby-friendly practices in place, this program will assist us in developing even more evidence-based practices and policies. There are currently only three Baby-Friendly hospitals in Illinois, and we’re excited about the improvements we can implement so the mothers in our communities can receive even more support while breast-feeding.”
To achieve Baby-Friendly designation, a hospital must be assessed by Baby-Friendly USA on its adherence to the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, evidence-based practices that have been shown to increase breast-feeding initiation and duration. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program initiated in 1991 by the World Health Organization and UNICEF to recognize hospitals offering quality bonding and breast-feeding support to mothers and babies.
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