St. Joseph Hospital is proud to be the only Baby-Friendly® hospital in the greater Nashua area. The Baby-Friendly Hospital designation is given by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for meeting the highest level of care and support for breastfeeding mothers. To match this level of care, we have fully trained staff available to help breastfeeding mothers 24 hours a day. Our certified lactation consultant is also available for private consultations.
The Maternal Child Health Center at St. Joseph Hospital has received prestigious, international recognition as a Baby-Friendly hospital. St. Joseph Hospital is one of only 55 hospitals and birth centers in the United States to have earned this distinction and the only Baby-Friendly hospital in southern New Hampshire.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is an international program of the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The program is designed to increase breastfeeding rates globally. It recognizes hospitals and birth centers that provide an optimal environment for the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding by implementing and following BFHI’s “Ten Steps” quality process. For more information, visit the BFHI website at www.babyfriendlyusa.org.
The BFHI assists in giving mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding for at least six months. This practice coincides with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy statement announcing that exclusive breastfeeding is the ideal nutrition for approximately the first six months of a baby’s life.