ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque is considered one of the most baby-friendly in the country according to Baby-Friendly USA, Inc.
To qualify, a hospital must demonstrate that it has implemented 10 evidence-based practices that support breastfeeding. That includes offering mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully nurse their children.
One mom actually chose to have her baby at Presbyterian because of the baby-friendly label.
“Two things that were very, very important to me, the baby is always in the room with you at a baby-friendly hospital. It’s not taken to a nursery, it’s not taken somewhere else,” the mother said. “The skin to skin. Once the birth happens they put the baby directly on you. There’s a lot of research that shows that’s really important to the baby.”
Presbyterian hospital has earned the designation for five years.
Only 12 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. are recognized as baby-friendly.