Colorado's 1st Baby-Friendly Hospital
What is a "Baby-Friendly" Hospital?
Baby-Friendly is a designation given by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF to hospitals that have created the best possible environment for breastfeeding. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is an international program that supports breastfeeding for all babies. Good Samaritan Medical Center was the first hospital in Colorado and the 55th in the United States to be named Baby-Friendly.
Why is Delivering at a Baby-Friendly Hospital so Important?
- Healthy babies: scientific studies show that breastfed children have fewer and less serious illnesses than children who aren’t
- Healthy moms: studies also show that mothers who breastfeed have decreased risk for certain cancers and illnesses
- Highest standard: Baby-Friendly hospitals’ staff and facilities must meet guidelines and follow specific steps created by a team of global experts to ensure the best possible environment for breastfeeding
- Cost savings: breast milk is free and healthier children mean lower health care costs
- Emotional bond: both mother and baby enjoy the emotional benefits of the very special and close relationship formed through breastfeeding
Visit Baby-Friendly USA to learn about more benefits of breastfeeding.
Care at our Baby-Friendly hospital includes:
- Placing your baby directly against its mother’s skin, which is important for the baby’s health
- Assisting with breastfeeding immediately after birth
- Discouraging the use of pacifiers until after breastfeeding is well-established
- Caring for your baby at your bedside so we can teach you about your baby’s "readiness to eat" signals
- Discouraging bottles or formula supplements for breastfed babies unless medically necessary