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Presbyterian Rust Medical Center Earns Prestigious Baby-Friendly Designation

January 10, 2018

RIO RANCHO, N.M. – In recognition of its commitment to exceptional care and lifelong health benefits for mothers and babies, Presbyterian Rust Medical Center has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly® Designated birth facility for five years from Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. This designation recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

"Our dedicated team of physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses and staff at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center are committed to caring for babies and supporting healthier families," said Tushar Dandade, MD, medical director, The Women's Center at Presbyterian. "This designation recognizes their efforts to implement evidence-based practices that support breastfeeding."  

According to Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., breastfeeding has many important benefits. Breast milk gives infants the most complete nutrition possible. Studies show that women who breastfeed have decreased risks of breast and ovarian cancer, anemia and osteoporosis. Another benefit is that families who breastfeed save money on health care costs and related time lost to care for sick children.

To qualify, a hospital must demonstrate that it has implemented 10 evidence-based practices that support breastfeeding and undergo a rigorous on-site survey. Baby-Friendly® hospitals and birthing facilities must adhere to the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding to receive and retain the designation.

Sponsored by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the United States accrediting body charged with implementing the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. There are 479 active hospitals and birth centers in the United States. ​

View the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding:




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