Obstetrics & Gynecology

Baby-Friendly Hospital


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


Infographic of Baby Friendly hospital statistics

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.

Baby Friendly Hospital | Best Fed Beginnings 

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