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The New Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Guidelines

Spatz, Diane L., PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: November/December 2018 - Volume 43 - Issue 6 - p 350
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000483
ONGOING COLUMNS: Breastfeeding

The World Health Organization has promulgated new guidelines for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Our breastfeeding expert, Dr. Spatz, explains the changes and the status of the guidelines being adopted in the United States.

Dr. Spatz is a Professor of Perinatal Nursing and the Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a joint appointment with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where she is a nurse researcher, director of the lactation program, and clinical coordinator of CHOP's Mothers' Milk Bank. Dr. Spatz can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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