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Birthing Facilities

Providing a supportive environment in hospitals and birthing facilities is important to breastfeeding initiation.  

Many new moms choose not to breastfeed or wean their babies early due to a lack of education and support necessary to initiate breastfeeding and achieve an adequate milk supply.

Entities like "Baby-Friendly" Hospitals and breast milk banks are using breast milk to save lives by providing milk for critically ill infants.  Their programs are hinged on the decision of mothers to supply what many in this profession term “liquid gold.”  According to the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, "rooming-in" promotes breastfeeding in the hospital.

Learn more about the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.  

Find Baby-Friendly Hospitals and Birthing Facilities

Learn about the Best Fed Beginnings Program

New and expectant mothers can find helpful information to prepare for a successful start to lactation after delivery from The Joint Commission, a not-for-profit organization that accredits healthcare organizations for quality performance.