Obstetrics & Gynecology

Baby-Friendly Hospital


Barnes-Jewish is in the process of becoming a
Baby-Friendly Hospital.


 That means the hospital is:

• supported by the World Health Organization and UNICEF
• 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
• will be assessed and certified by Baby-Friendly USA
• continuing to support all women and families in their infant feeding choices

What is Best Fed Beginnings?

A 22-month program designed to help hospitals become an official Baby-Friendly Hospital. This national collaborative program, supported by the CDC and NICHQ (National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality), provides structure and leadership to identify and adopt the necessary changes to implement the 10 Steps to Successful Breast-feeding.

Baby Friendly Barnes-Jewish Hospital | Best Fed Beginnings 

 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.

Baby Friendly Hospital | Best Fed Beginnings 

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