Barnes-Jewish is in the process of becoming a
That means the hospital is:
- using evidence-based practices to increase breast-feeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity
- following the 10 Steps to Successful Breast-feeding
- following the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes
- prepared for assessment and certification by Baby-Friendly USA
- continuing to support all women and families in their infant feeding choices
- implementing practices that are endorsed and promoted by many major maternal and child health authorities in the United States, including:
— American Academy of Family Physicians
— American Academy of Nurses
— American Academy of Pediatrics
— American College of Nurse-Midwives
— Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
— Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
— Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
— Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
— National WIC Association
— U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USCB)
— U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
— U.S. Surgeon General
What are the 10 Steps to Successful Breast-feeding?
- Maintain a written breast-feeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
- Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breast-feeding.
- Help mothers initiate breast-feeding within one hour of birth.
- Show mothers how to breast-feed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
- Give exclusively breast-feeding infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
- Practice “rooming in”-- allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
- Encourage unrestricted breast-feeding.
- Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breast-feeding infants.
- Foster the establishment of breast-feeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.