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Baby Friendly Initiative

San Juan Regional Medical Center has received prestigious international recognition as a Designated Baby-Friendly® birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., a global program administered by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is an evidence based program designed to support mother/baby bonding and optimal infant feeding practices.

As a Baby-Friendly® designated facility, San Juan Regional Medical Center offers an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. This includes implementing and upholding the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding to establish a healthy breastfeeding relationship. Skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth and having babies room-in with their mothers are two important components. These best practices have many benefits for both mother and baby, including:

  • Better quality sleep
  • Less crying and distress
  • Improved breastfeeding experience


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