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The Breastfeeding Center and Indian Health:
Working toward Baby-Friendly Hospitals

Native Mothers BreastfeeedingAs part of Michelle Obama's initiative Let's Move! In Indian Country, the Indian Health Service (IHS) aims to make all 13 delivery hospitals Baby-Friendly by the end of 2014. So far, 9 IHS hospitals have been Baby-Friendly designated. Rosebud, Pine Ridge, and Quentin N Burdick Memorial hospital were designated in December 2012 and are the first three Baby-Friendly hospitals in the Dakotas. Claremore Indian Hospital (designated June 2013) is the first Baby-Friendly hospital in Oklahoma, Phoenix Indian Medical Center (designated June 2013) is the first Baby-Friendly hospital in Arizona, and Zuni Indian Hospital (designated November 2013) is the first Baby-Friendly Hospital in New Mexico.  

Three additional hospitals in Arizona were designated in the past year! Whiteriver Indian Hospital (January 2014), Hopi Health Care Center (April 2014), and Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility (May 2014).

In addition, with funding and support from the Kellogg Foundation, The Breastfeeding Center is working with Native American communities to help implement the BFHI in hospitals serving Native Americans throughout the United States. We are also working with community groups like the Navajo Nation Breastfeeding Coalition to increase breastfeeding in locations beyond the hospital.

Supporting Breastfeeding at Birth in Indian Country

Conference on Maternity Care and Infant Feeding in Indian Country

 May 1st, 2014

This one day conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, in Albuquerque, NM, focused on promoting breastfeeding at birth through hospital policies and Baby-FriendlyTM designation, and highlighted the past, present, and future of maternity care and infant feeding in Indian Country.

This conference allowed participants to share strategies for achieving Baby-Friendly hospital designation and focus on culturally rooted community efforts to successfully promote and support breastfeeding in Indian Country. In addition, participants were provided with the opportunity for networking and partnership to advocate for breastfeeding friendly practices, policies, and services in hospitals, clinics and communities. Thanks to all the speakers and attendees who made this conference such a great success!

Take a look at the Conference Report and visit our Facebook page for pictures!

For more information about breastfeeding in Indian Country, visit: http://indiancountrybreastfeeds.weebly.com/

For any questions, please email: IndianCountryBreastfeeds@gmail.com




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