There are 30 hospital facilities with maternity care units across the state. Eight have been deemed baby-friendly, and four of those are part of Indian Health Services. “That’s a designation that shows a huge commitment and takes years to achieve—huge culture shift within the hospital systems,” says Erin Marshall, baby-friendly hospital project director with the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force.
Baby-friendly hospitals have to forego free formula offered by companies and formula advertising at their health care facilities. They also have to leave a infant in the room with mom for an hour after delivery for skin-to-skin contact. And they have to make encouraging breastfeeding a priority.
Northern Navajo Medical Center (Shiprock)
Crownpoint Health Care Facility (Crownpoint)
Gallup Indian Medical Center (Gallup)
Mountainview Regional Medical Center (Las Cruces)
University of New Mexico Hospital (Albuquerque)
Presbyterian Hospital (Albuquerque)
Gila Regional Medical Center (Silver City)