Achieving Baby-Friendly Designation: Step-by-StepGoodman, Karen MA, RN, IBCLC, LCCE; DiFrisco, Eileen MA, RN, IBCLC, LCCEMCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: May/June 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 3 - p 146–152 doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e31824ef0f7 Feature: CE Connection Abstract In Brief Author InformationAuthors Article MetricsMetrics The recent Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding reinforces the important role breastfeeding has in the health of mothers and babies. It identifies the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative as a strategy that encompasses practices that result in better breastfeeding outcomes. Currently there are approximately 20,000 Baby-Friendly hospitals worldwide; however, only 125 of them are in the United States. This number is likely to increase with the renewed focus on breastfeeding. To achieve Baby-Friendly designation, hospitals and birthing centers must successfully implement the Baby-Friendly Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, evidence-based guidelines designed to promote and support breastfeeding in maternity settings. The purpose of this article is to share specific strategies we used to successfully implement each of the Baby-Friendly Ten Steps and improve our support and assistance of breastfeeding mothers and infants. To achieve Baby-Friendly designation, hospitals and birthing centers must successfully implement the Baby-Friendly Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: Learn how these authors did it. Karen Goodman is a Nurse Manager, Mother-Baby, at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY. She can be reached via e-mail at Karen.Goodman@NYUMC.org. Eileen DiFrisco is a Coordinator, Parent Education, at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY. She can be reached via e-mail at Eileen.DiFrisco@NYUMC.org The authors declare no conflict of interest. For more than 100 additional continuing nursing education articles on maternal/child topics, go to nursingcenter.com/ce. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.