Baby-Friendly: An Elite Designation
VCU Medical Center is one of an elite group of fewer than 300 hospitals across the country that has been designated Baby-Friendly by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund.
This means that our entire staff works as one, to help you create the closest possible bond with your newborn, by guiding and supporting you in breastfeeding your baby.
Breast milk provides the perfect food for your baby and promotes brain development. Breastfeeding decreases ear infections, allergies and asthma. Babies who are breastfed are less likely to be overweight as they grow older, and are at lower risk for many diseases.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program to encourage and recognize hospitals that offer highly trained staff and an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding. Mothers who give birth at Baby-Friendly hospitals are more likely to breastfeed exclusively and to be breastfeeding still at 6 months and 1 year.