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Achieving Baby-Friendly Designation: Step-by-Step

Goodman, Karen MA, RN, IBCLC, LCCE; DiFrisco, Eileen MA, RN, IBCLC, LCCE

MCN, 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

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.

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