Lakeview Health System

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - Lakeview Hospital receives Baby-Friendly designation

Lakeview Hospital has received international designation as a Baby-Friendly birth facility. The designation comes from the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Baby-Friendly hospitals and birthing centers offer an optimal level of care for moms and babies. They offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully start and continue breastfeeding their babies.

Baby Café is a breastfeeding support group launched at Lakeview Hospital last year as part of the work toward Baby-Friendly certification.

Mom-of-three Jennifer Dahl found Baby Café invaluable when she experienced difficulty breastfeeding her son, Levi, even after successfully breastfeeding her two older children.

“It was such a great support group – and an escape out of the house to meet the other moms,” she said. “I found it so helpful. Breastfeeding is not always easy. It can be a struggle – especially those first few weeks. It’s nice to know there are other people struggling – or to see they are doing great, and have the encouragement that eventually I will get to that, too. Everyone is in it together. And if you have particular questions, it’s great to see the lactation consultants there. I also liked getting my baby’s pre-feed and post-feed weight and suggestions for improving weight gain.”

Baby Café is led by Birth Center nurses who are international board certified lactation consultants (IBCLC). It offers the chance for moms to weigh their babies, get breastfeeding tips and advice from the nurses and connect with other mothers.

There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Currently there are 551 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. The Baby-Friendly designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed and it is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as demonstrated by quality processes.

“We have worked extremely hard to support our colleagues and our patients who choose to breastfeed as part of our Baby-Friendly work,” said Birth Center manager Deb Nelson. “For example, we’ve improved our breastfeeding policy and lactation rooms for hospital colleagues who return to work after having a baby. We also strengthened our education and approach to helping moms do skin-to-skin contact with babies and initiating breastfeeding within an hour of birth.”

Visit or for more. Baby Café meets every Thursday at Lakeview Hospital from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Baby Café Grand Opening in July, 2018