Spring is just around the corner, in my area. For some who are planning to move to a new setting, grown children moving out of the family home for example, spring is a popular season to prepare for the upcoming event and to start packing up.
“Folks, would you have any extra tools I could bring to my new home? It could be useful to have a toolbox in case I need to do some work.” These overheard words conjured up the content of this contribution.
These tools can indeed be useful to those working to implement programs such as BFHI/BFI.
A checklist for instance may be a very useful tool to verify the health care workers’ competencies needed to provide support and counseling to all dyads.
Tools can serve to objectively measure the knowledge, skill, and attitude that the providers must have to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding|chestfeeding. As well as to help dyads with human milk feeding and non-exclusive chestfeeding|breastfeeding.
Tools can also be helpful in rendering knowledge transfer and training activities that are in line with the specific topics where difficulties have been noted.
For the most part, it is understood that an adapted, user-friendly verification form template facilitates its application. These ready-to-use tools may come to health providers’ assistance in being successful in their efforts to support every dyad on their nursing journey.
In the same way, a warm and friendly environment may also be a tool to help dyads feel confident in attaining their breastfeeding|chestfeeding goals. Which in turn, may be a very useful motivational tool, in itself.
May the user-friendliness of tools define your journey.
Manon Campagna, IBCLC
World Health Organization. (2020). Competency verification toolkit: ensuring competency of direct care providers to implement the baby-friendly hospital initiative: web annex G OBSERVATION TOOLS FOR KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ATTITUDES VERIFICATION
Chapin, E. M., Chen, C. H., Dumas, L., MacEnroe, T., Smith, L. J., Begin, F., & Grummer-Strawn, L. (2021). The Paradigm Shift in BFHI Step 2: From Training to Competency Verification. Journal of Human Lactation, 37(3), 532-538.
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