NAS Jax Hospital close to Baby-Friendly Hospital designation

NAS Jacksonville moved a step closer to becoming the first hospital in Northeast Florida to receive the “Baby-Friendly Hospital” designation recognizing its support of breastfeeding mothers. The national inspection team will conduct a site visit at the facility August 15-17th to document compliance with the ten steps required for designation.

If successful, NAS Jax would become the third hospital in Florida to achieve this status. Cape Canaveral Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital are the two hospitals in the state with the designation.

NAS Jax has been an active participant in the NEF Breastfeeding Collaborative, organized in 2009 to promote and support improved policies and practices in delivering hospitals in the region. Baby-Friendly Hospital designation for all maternity facilities was a key recommendation for improving infant health included in the 2008 JCCI Infant Mortality Study.