UZ Leuven, a mother and baby-friendly hospital

By complying to the conditions and meeting the objectives set by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the care of mothers and babies, we have earned international recognition since 2008: the BFHI (Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative) certificate. These conditions help give every baby, from birth, the best chance of optimal health. We follow the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding drafted by the WHO and UNICEF to give every baby the best possible start. Our hospital also has mother-friendly initiatives, and we observe the international code of marketing of breastmilk substitutes.