Baby Friendly

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So, what does it take to become a baby friendly hospital? To date, there is only one hospital in Pennsylvania that is baby friendly; Reading Birth Center. They do 118 births per year. They have been baby friendly since July, 1997. New Jersey has three hospitals that have achieved baby friendly status; South Jersey HealthCare in Elmer, NJ, estimating about 327 births per year, certified in March, 2012, Centra State Medical Center located in Freehold, NJ; 1530 births per year; certified October, 2012, and Capital Health Medical Center, located in Pennington, NJ, estimated 2500 births per year, certified in March, 2012. To date, the state of Delaware has no certified baby friendly hospitals ( The 10 evidence-based steps…show more content…
The Center for Disease Control, in 2007, sent out surveys entitled, Maternity Practices in Infant feeding and Care (mPINC), to hospitals in the U.S. offering maternity services to evaluate compliance in implementing the Ten Steps. The average hospital scored 63 out of a possible 100. The national surveyed showed hospitals reported the most difficult steps to implement were: Step 6 (no supplements), Step 2 (staff training) and Step 7 (rooming in), (Center for Disease Control, 2007). It is easy to understand why these steps have met resistance. We, as clinicians must give the mother, up to date information so that she may make an informed decision. There are some financial constraints that prohibit the necessary training necessary to support the breastfeeding mother. It is recommended that perinatal nurses receive a minimum of 18 hours lactation education. (The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, 2010). This is not always a viable option in some organizations. Most clinicians are confident to assist mothers with breastfeeding, with what they have learned, when they first became a perinatal nurse. When a mother requests that an infant be fed in the nursery overnight, the patient request was granted. Nurses respected the mothers wish to have the infant brought to the nursery so that the mother may get some much needed rest. The BFHI are steps…show more content…
Moms were being separated from their newborns, babies were sent to the nursery, without giving moms a choice. They did not question this. They did not know any better. Mothers, also at this time were being marketed by formula companies to give their infants formula, as they were not taught the benefits of breastfeeding. At that time over one million babies were dying worldwide; unsafe water and birthing conditions, inability to clean bottles, watering down what infant formula they could afford. Babies died of malnutrition and diarrhea. So they came up with the 10 steps and started promoting the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. TR: How many hospitals would you say have achieved baby friendly status? DS: Over 20,000 worldwide. There are over 3000 hospitals in the U.S. that offer maternity services, of those, only 5% have achieved BFHI status. In developing countries, we will estimate 900 deaths due to not breastfeeding, which is clinically insignificant when the U.S. does approximately 4.3 million births per year. TR: Do you think becoming a baby-friendly hospital will alienate the mothers who can’t or have no desire to

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