The Inuvik Regional Hospital now has the Baby-Friendly Initiative designation, making it the first centre in the territories to have the globally-recognized label that promotes breastfeeding.
It’s the 22nd hospital in Canada to get the designation, and it took about 15 years to get it. The World Health Organization and UNICEF launched the initiative in 1991, with the goal of having mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months and having more family-centered care for newborns and mothers.
“A lot of people came together to make this happen,” said Dr. Kami Kandola, the territory’s chief public health officer. The hospital celebrated the designation on Thursday afternoon.