I am so pleased to have been asked to join the community at Step 2 Education and share news and insights about the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in their weekly blog. Also, everyone at Step 2 Education International Inc. would like to thank Kathy Parkes who had been our professional educator for many years now. Kathy is back working hard helping breastfeeding families in her community.
The BFHI was launched by UNICEF and WHO in 1991 and, this year, it enters its “30s” refreshed and revitalized. Over these last 30 years, both the evidence for the ‘10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding’ and their population-level impact has consistently grown, but as of 2017, only 10% of babies born worldwide benefitted from arriving in a Baby-Friendly hospital.
The revitalized BFHI has a renewed focus on quality improvement (QI) and professional development principles. Over the next several months, this blog will look at how BFHI can contribute to better outcomes and support those working in maternity care to continuously improve their skills and knowledge - and measure those improvements in a meaningful way.
Michelle Pensa Branco MPH IBCLC
World Health Organization. (2017). National implementation of the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative. Accessed March 10 2021 at http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/255197/1/9789241512381-eng.pdf?ua=1
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