A baby-friendly hospital is a mommy-friendly hospital, and Memorial Hospital of South Bend is on its way to officially becoming Baby-Friendly!

Baby-Friendly has always been our mission, but we are taking extra steps as part of the worldwide Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. Like many other hospitals around the world, we understand the importance of breastfeeding for the health and well-being of the mother and child, and we want the highest quality of life for new and growing families across Michiana.

To become Baby-Friendly, hospitals have to implement "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding." Memorial hopes to complete all ten steps and achieve this highly regarded designation in 2014.

Here's what families are saying about Baby-Friendly:

— "I was 100 percent certain that after leaving Memorial I would be successful in breastfeeding."

— "I was able to attend a breastfeeding support group that gave me the opportunity to build on what I learned already and the assurance that I was doing a good job."

— "I was given a sense of freedom and empowerment by having my baby, Garrett, skin-to-skin with me."

— "What I hoped for and what was told to me about Baby-Friendly are exactly what happened. Having her skin-to-skin was amazing for both of us and created an instant bond."

— "It's a great feeling of comfort knowing everyone is on the same page and that every nursing mom and baby is given this same opportunity."

— "Several months after my daughter was born, I had surgery at Memorial. Everyone that I met went out of their way to make sure I had the resources to keep breastfeeding through it all."

To learn more about Baby-Friendly and how it can benefit you for your next pregnancy, call 574-647-3475. You can also find more Baby-Friendly information on the Baby-Friendly USA website.

 

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