January 20, 2020
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Breastfeeding Policies that Impact Public Health Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative1, was developed by the World Health Organization and UNICEF in 1991 as a means of increasing breastfeeding rates, in order to decrease infant mortality. Hospital policies in compliance with the “Ten Steps” of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative have been shown to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration, and maternal-infant bonding. These steps were revised in 2018.
The Ten Steps
- World Health Organization Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative https://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/bfhi/en/ (accessed 1/18/20)