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MU Women’s & Children’s Hospital earns new recognition by world groups

The MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital is now the fourth place in Missouri with a baby friendly designation by UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

The hospital has been working on it for more than two years. It has to follow 10 steps.

Employees have to help mothers with breastfeeding right after giving birth.

A mother is allowed to stay with her baby all day, and babies only get breast milk unless there’s a medical reason.

Experts said the steps are healthier and help reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome.

Last year, almost 2,000 babies were born there.

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