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Fort HealthCare Maintains Prestigious Baby-Friendly Designation

Community Health
Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Fort HealthCare is proud to announce that it has once again achieved the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly designation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, the organization responsible for bestowing this certification in the United States.

Staff of Fort HealthCare’s lactation program. Pictured (left to right): Carla Bilgrien, Linda Hommen, Diane Markham, Deb Schumacher. Not pictured: Shayla Martin and Stephanie Pagenkopf.

Fort HealthCare embarked on the journey to become a Baby-Friendly facility beginning in 2013. The goal was reached, and the accreditation awarded in September 2016. Designation is for a period of five years, and in order to maintain this status, Fort HealthCare participates in continuous monitoring and audit processes, as well as participating in surveyor led on-site assessments every 5 years.

This distinguished honor demonstrates that Fort HealthCare is adhering to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are built on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for optimal infant feeding support in the precious first days of a newborn’s life.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized for the hard work of our team members throughout the Baby-Friendly process,” said Deborah Schumacher, Obstetrics Manager. Fort HealthCare is committed to providing the support, education and resources moms need to successfully initiate breastfeeding and continue breastfeeding when they leave our care.”

About Baby-Friendly USA

As the accrediting body and national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the United States, Baby-Friendly USA is responsible for upholding the highest standards in infant feeding care by coordinating and conducting all activities necessary to confer the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation and ensure the widespread adoption of the BFHI in the US. Learn more about Baby-Friendly USA and the BFHI at

About Fort HealthCare

Fort HealthCare is committed to improving the health and well-being of our communities, with a vision to be the healthiest community in Wisconsin. As the leading healthcare provider in the region, it is our goal to reach as many members of the community as possible with health and wellness messages, providing tools and resources to help individuals improve their health and quality of life while collaborating with several partners to positively improve the population’s health overall on a long-term basis.