Baby Friendly Designation
In October 2019, Clark Fork Valley Hospital (CFVH) proudly announced it achieved the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly designation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, the organization responsible for bestowing this certification in the United States.
This distinguished honor demonstrates that CFVH is adhering to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are built on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for optimal infant feeding support in the precious first days of a newborn’s life.
CFVH joins a growing list of more than 20,000 Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers throughout the world, 591 of which are in the United States. These facilities provide an environment that supports breastfeeding while respecting every woman’s right to make the best decision for herself and her family.
CFVH is also designated a Mother-Friendly facility employees and supports women who are breastfeeding and need areas to pump or feed their babies during working hours. Lactation stations are available throughout the facility in addition to secure and safe storage options for nursing moms.
About Baby-Friendly USA
As the accrediting body and national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the United States, Baby-Friendly USA is responsible for upholding the highest standards in infant feeding care by coordinating and conducting all activities necessary to confer the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation and ensure the widespread adoption of the BFHI in the US. Learn more about Baby-Friendly USA and the BFHI at www.babyfriendlyusa.org.
Baby Friendly at CFVH
We invite you to join us and search for our Baby Friendly at CFVH Facebook Group. We have regular live broadcasts called Virtual Baby Bistro where we cover all kinds of topics related to pregnancy, delivery and caring for newborns, infants and toddlers.