I recently read an interesting article claiming that in their dedication to Baby-Friendly designation, some hospitals are becoming “mother-unfriendly.” The author admits that overall, the parents she communicated with for the article had positive experiences with Baby-Friendly hospitals.
However, the author reports one mom felt pressured into breastfeeding and another felt shameful for putting her baby in the nursery.
As Nikki Lee, RN, BSN, MS, Mother of 2, IBCLC,RLC, CCE, CIMI, CST (cert.appl.), ANLC, CKC puts it, this is an article about change and resistance.
“Both are normal and to be expected,” she writes.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched to encourage and recognize facilities that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding. The fact is, national breastfeeding rates show that mothers are not meeting recommended infant feeding guidelines NOR are we meeting our personal breastfeeding goals.
Fortunately, BFHI assists birthing facilities in giving all mothers the information, confidence, and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding our babies or feeding formula safely. [Retrieved from: https://www.babyfriendlyusa.org/about-us/baby-friendly-hospital-initiative]
The following is a video about two teams in National Institute for Children’s Health Quality’s (NICHQ) Best Fed Beginnings initiative as they take the final steps toward becoming Baby-Friendly designated and reflect back on the journey of this groundbreaking, nationwide quality improvement project.
To learn more about NICHQ, visit http://www.nichq.org/.
To learn more about getting started on your journey to Baby-Friendly designation, click here.