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LGMC Named First Baby-Friendly Birth Facility in Lafayette

May 30, 2018 03:42PM ● By Staff Writer

Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) receives international recognition as a designated Baby-Friendly birth facility. LGMC is the first hospital in Lafayette to receive this designation, a goal they have worked towards for the past three years.

Becoming a Baby-Friendly Hospital is a comprehensive, detailed and thorough journey towards excellence in providing evidence-based maternity care with the goal of achieving optimal infant feeding outcomes and mother/baby bonding.  

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious, international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

Baby-Friendly USA reviews its designations every five years, and LGMC is committed to continuing its implementation.