Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Is Started By The World Health Organization

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Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative was started by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 in order to increase breastfeeding rates worldwide. This program established over 26 years ago was developed for recognizing birthing facilities for their top level of infant feeding practices as well as mother- child bonding style focus. The success of initiative can be contributed to the UNICEF/WHO Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding guidelines. These guidelines were established in order to standardize the information and care provided to women about postpartum in regardless of type of birth. As of 2016, over 170 countries have taken measures to implement the UNICEF/WHO Ten Steps to
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I remember feeling almost defeated with how painful the experience was and not wanting to continue. Before I was discharged I was able to speak briefly with the lactation consultant on the phone and set up an appointment for later that week. The hospital staff supported me by providing as much assistance and information as possible on the subject of breastfeeding. When I returned to the hospital for my appointment I was told by the lactation consultant that the pain I had was because of how small my son’s mouth was and his inability to latch on correctly. There was nothing I could do except pump and bottle feed, until my child grew bigger. By giving birth at a Baby-Friendly Hospital I was able to get the support I needed in order to take advantage of all the natural benefits of breastmilk. Looking back, I do not think that I would have breastfed my child if I had the option of sending him to the nursery to be fed with formula. Rooming in, in conjunction with the accessibility to breastfeeding information, support, and helpful staff allowed me to be successful. After five weeks of pumping my child was big enough to nurse and was a happy healthy infant. I attribute my success to the hospital policies adopted because of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. This ultimately led to being confident enough to nurse my son as well as my daughter later on.
10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
These specific hospital practices helped the

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