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Of all the babies born every year, 30 million newborns will need specialized and intensive care due to reasons like premature birth and low birthweight. Thanks to timely neonatal care, Baby Nahawa from Mali beat all odds to survive.


The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative has the power to create systems change, inform professional practice and enrich personal values and ethics and strengthen commitment to improve women’s and children’s health and the well being of families. It enables mothers to achieve their personal goals regarding infant feeding.


Breastfeeding has been recognized around the world as a way to support and boost a child's well-being, especially in the early stages of life. Are babies in Canada being held to the same standard?