We Provide Baby-Friendly Care
Some of the members of Winthrop's Maternal Child Health Team who were instrumental in helping the Hospital earn the Baby-Friendly Designation by Baby-Friendly, USA.
Winthrop-University Hospital has been awarded Baby-Friendly® Designation by Baby-Friendly, USA. Winthrop is the first and only hospital on Long Island to achieve this distinct honor.
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the accrediting body and the national authority for the Baby-Friendly® Hospital Initiative in the United States. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.
Hospitals that achieve the Baby-Friendly® Designation must undergo a rigorous onsite survey as well as implement all of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, which represent evidence-based practices that have been shown to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration, and meet the requirements of purchasing breast milk substitutes.
"According to Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., providing infants with human milk gives them the most complete nutrition possible. Human milk provides the optimal mix of nutrients and antibodies necessary for each baby to thrive. Scientific studies have shown that breastfed children have far fewer and less serious illnesses than those who never receive breast milk, including a reduced risk of SIDS, childhood cancers and diabetes.
Recent studies also show that women who breastfeed enjoy decreased risks of breast and ovarian cancer, anemia, and osteoporosis. They are empowered by their ability to provide complete nourishment for their babies. Both mother and baby enjoy the emotional benefits of the very special and close relationship formed through breastfeeding."
"Becoming a Baby-Friendly® facility is a comprehensive, detailed and thorough journey toward excellence in providing evidence-based, maternity care with the goal of achieving optimal infant feeding outcomes and mother/baby bonding, said Eileen Magri, PhD, RN, NE-BC, Vice President, Nursing, at Winthrop-University Hospital, who spearheaded the Baby-Friendly® initiative. It was an effort that involved support from many areas of the Hospital and we wear this designation proudly."