The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding.
The BFHI assists hospitals in giving mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely, and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so.
The National Breastfeeding Center will guide your team through the Discovery phase, registering with Baby-Friendly, obtaining the letter of intent from your CEO and coordinating the dissemination, collection and evaluation of the self-assessment tool.
Our team will guide you through the Development Phase advising in best practice for your Baby Friendly Work Plan, implementing the Ten Steps, creating staff training curriculum, prenatal and postpartum teaching plans and a data collection plan.
And our guidance through the Dissemination and Designation phase will bring your facility to Baby-Friendly status.
Our Programs include:
The Joint Commission’s Perinatal Care Core Measure set asks for data collection on 5 perinatal care core measures.
Exclusive breast milk feeding is the 5th perinatal care core measure. The National Breastfeeding Center will guide your facility in implementing care practices that increase your exclusive breast milk feeding rates and identify best practice in your facility for documentation of exclusive breast milk feeding.
While participating in the core measure, your hospital will be providing national benchmarking data for the Joint Commission.
We will also guide your staff in ways to efficiently and effectively answer questions breastfeeding mothers and families may ask, as well as address specific clinical difficulties breastfeeding mothers and their babies experience in the early days of life.
Evidence shows that specific practices in medical care settings can significantly affect rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration among women. Birth facility policies and practices that create a supportive environment for breastfeeding begin prenatally and continue through discharge. The mPINC survey measures infant feeding related policies and practices, showing facilities their strengths and areas that need improvement.
The National Breastfeeding Center will guide your facility to improve mPinc scores through practice management and evidence based practice changes that your staff adopt through meaningful interactions with your hospital team leadership and policy change.
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