Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA has recently been designated a Baby-Friendly hospital for its work in promotion breastfeeding. As part of the Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital is the third Bay Area hospital to receive the prestigious recognition from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.
In order to achieve Baby-Friendly status, hospitals and birthing centers need to implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as outlined by WHO and UNICEF. The steps include prenatal education, initiating breastfeeding within one hour of birth, and showing new mothers how to breastfeed successfully both within the hospital and once they leave.
According to the Oakland Tribune,
“At Highland, women who decide to breast-feed their babies receive support from consultants, midwives, nurses and other providers. The New Beginnings Birthing Center at Highland offers in-hospital education and support as well as a "warm line" for telephone questions, drop-in support groups and appointments as needed to address difficulties. The hospital plans to expand efforts in the community.”
Please join us in congratulating Highland Hospital for their impressive achievement. Is your hospital Baby-Friendly yet?