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You may have heard that Health Alliance (Kingston) Hospital is a Baby Friendly Hospital.

You may have questions about what that means. Aren't all maternity hospitals "baby friendly?" While the health care workers, staff and executives at your nearby hospital may love babies and be friendly, "Baby Friendly" means something deeper and different.

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was formed to increase awareness and educate parents about the importance of breastfeeding, especially in the first hour after birth; to protect parents from predatory marketing and mis-education from hospital staff; to give parents all the professional support they might need as they begin their breastfeeding relationship; and to link families to breastfeeding support systems when they return home.

BFHI is founded on the ideal that all babies have the right to begin their life breastfeeding.

If after educating parents, allowing babies to initiate breastfeeding, and helping families breastfeed through their early days, the family decides to wean, then that is absolutely acceptable.

The Initiative decided on 10 principles which became "The Ten Steps To Successful Breastfeeding." and is adapted into "The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding for Hospitals," as outlined by UNICEF/WHO.

The steps for the United States are:

1 - Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
2 - Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
3 - Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
4 - Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
5 - Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
6 - Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated.
7 - Practice rooming-in-- allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
8 - Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
9 - Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
10 - Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic

A hospital goes through a several year process of adopting the "Ten Steps" in coordination with BFHI.

When they have made all the organizational and structural changes needed to adopt these principles, they become a "Baby Friendly Hospital."

In New York State, these hospitals have earned the Baby Friendly designation:

Bellevue Hospital Center
462 1st Ave & 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

Brooklyn Birthing Center
2183 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229

Coney Island Hospital
2601 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY 11373

Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11355

Harlem Hospital Center
506 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10037-1802
(2008) Re-Designated 2018-2023

HealthAlliance Hospital – Broadway Campus
396 Broadway
Kingston, NY 12401

Jacobi Medical Center
1400 Pelham Parkway South
Bronx, NY 10461

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica, NY 11418

John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital
818 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center
234 East 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10451

Long Island Jewish Forest Hills
102-01 66th Road
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Long Island Jewish Medical Center
270-05 76th Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Metropolitan Hospital Center
1901 First Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Montefiore Jack D. Weiler Hospital – Einstein Campus
1825 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10461

Montefiore Medical Center – Wakefield Hospital
600 East 233rd Street
Bronx, NY 10466

Mount Sinai South Nassau
One Healthy Way
Oceanside, NY 11572

New York Presbyterian/Queens
56-45 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

New York-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital
1980 Crompond Road
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
(01/13) Re-designated 2018-2023

Newark Wayne Community Hospital
1200 Driving Park Avenue
Newark, NY 14513-0111

NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
3424 Kossuth Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467

NYU Langone Hospital
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016

NYU Winthrop Hospital
259 First Street
Mineola, NY 11501
(12/14) Re-Designation Pending

Phelps Hospital
701 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica, NY 11432
(05/14) Re-Designated 2019-2024

Richmond University Medical Center
355 Bard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310

Rochester General Hospital
1425 Portland Ave
Rochester, NY 14621-3001
(2000) Re-Designated 2015-2020

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center
50 Rte 25-A
Smithtown, NY 11787

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center
301 Prospect Ave
Syracuse, NY 13203
(2009) Re-Designated 2019-2024

St. Peter’s Hospital
315 South Manning Blvd.
Albany, NY 12208

United Memorial Medical Center
127 North Street
Batavia, NY 14020

Unity Hospital
1555 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

Woodhull Medical & Mental Health Center
760 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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