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Provider Highlight: Sierra View Medical Center, Breastfeeding Program

This month we are highlighting the Sierra View Medical Center (SVMC) Breastfeeding Program.

In August of 2016, SVMC Breastfeeding Program met all criteria to be awarded their Baby-Friendly designation from Baby Friendly USA. The Baby-Friendly designation is not an easy task. The U.S. guidelines and evaluation criteria are based on the global criteria for the World Health Organization (WHO)/Unicef Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). 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.

Since designation, Sierra View has hosted two “Global Latch On” events, participated in the Tulare County Breastfeeding Coalition at the Baby Café portable breastfeeding support area at the Tulare County Fair, and in the Spring of 2017 March of Dimes event in Visalia.

“We are very fortunate to have such an amazing team of people to help make a healthy change in feeding practices and family bonding in our community.”

SVMC Breastfeeding Program Staff

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