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Providence noted as 'baby-friendly'

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. 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.

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