|Some of the members of NYU Winthrop's Maternal Child Health Team who were instrumental in helping the Hospital earn the Baby-Friendly Designation by Baby-Friendly, USA.
New mothers have yet another reason to make NYU Winthrop Hospital their hospital of choice when considering where to deliver their babies. NYU Winthrop has been awarded Baby-Friendly Designation by Baby-Friendly, USA, making it the first and only hospital on Long Island to achieve this distinct honor, which recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother and baby bonding. Currently, there are only 270 Baby-Friendly hospitals and birthing centers in the United States.
“On behalf of NYU Winthrop Hospital , I am proud of the ongoing effort that was put forth to achieve this prestigious
designation,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO of NYU Winthrop. “Certainly many mothers and babies will benefit from the hard work and dedication of every NYU Winthrop nurse, physician and support staff member who made this possible. This is one more example of how NYU Winthrop continues to raise the bar on Long Island for maternal- child health.”
Hospitals that achieve the Baby-Friendly Designation must undergo a rigorous on-site 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 initia- tion and duration, and meet the requirements of purchasing breast milk substitutes.
“The criteria are challenging, as they are designed to set the standards for the best possible breastfeeding support for mother and infant in the maternity setting, ensuring high quality of care in this critical area of mother/baby care,” said Trish MacEnroe, Executive Director of Baby-Friendly USA, Inc, in an award letter recently presented to NYU Winthrop.
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.”
“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 and baby bonding,” said Eileen Magri, PhD, RN, NE-BC, Vice President, Nursing, at NYU Winthrop, 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.”