The decision to breastfeed or formula-feed your baby is a personal one. We encourage new mothers to learn about the benefits of breastfeeding so they can make an informed decision. Our physicians and nurses work diligently to provide education, support and care to mothers and their babies during your stay and when you go home.
We believe that breast milk is the best milk, and encourage:
- Breastfeeding and/or breastmilk over formula
- Breastfeeding within one hour of delivery
- Skin-to-skin contact to promote breastfeeding
- Learning about feeding your newborn
Ultimately, breastfeeding is your choice. While our hospital supplements with formula only when medically necessary, we understand when parents have personal or cultural preferences for formula — and we provide a caring, supportive environment for every mom and baby.
In 2016, Huntington Hospital was designated as a World Health Organization Baby-Friendly®Hospital. This accreditation highlights Huntington Hospital’s commitment to ensuring that all mothers and their newborns receive the support needed to achieve breastfeeding success and the safest start in infant feeding. This designation is considered the gold standard of care and demonstrates our Women’s and Children’s Services commitment to patient and family-centered care.