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Providence Alaska Medical Center earns Baby-Friendly USA re-designation

ANCHORAGE, AK – Providence Alaska Medical Center has been re-designated as a “Baby-Friendly Hospital” by the Baby-Friendly Hospitals Initiative, an international program of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization. The program recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that provide optimum support for lactation. PAMC is the only hospital in Alaska and one of 173 nationwide to receive the distinction.
“Earning this re-designation speaks to our commitment to support breastfeeding mothers and babies at Providence Alaska Medical Center,” said Kate Mohr, executive director of The Children’s Hospital at Providence. “Breastfeeding is the healthiest option for babies and mothers. We are proud of the environment we’ve created and the success of our education efforts which led to this recognition.”
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative recognizes facilities that have put in place policies and practices that enable parents to make informed choices about how they feed and care for their babies. Facilities must demonstrate through a site survey that they have implemented the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding,” a protocol developed by the initiative.
Breastfeeding provides health benefits for both the baby and mother. For the baby, breastfeeding decreases the risk of diarrhea, respiratory and ear infections, and allergic skin disorders among other benefits. Breastfeeding women see a decreased risk of certain cancers, anemia and osteoporosis.

Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit:
The work of Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. and its implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States is predicated on the fact that human milk fed through the mother’s own breast is the normal way for human infants to be nourished. The BFHI is a global initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund. It is implemented in the United States by BFUSA. For more information, visit​
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