Results from the review support the BFHI's success in facilitating successful breastfeeding initiation and exclusivity. Breastfeeding duration also appears to increase when mothers have increased exposure to Baby-Friendly practices, but deficiencies in breastfeeding tracking mechanisms have limited reliable breastfeeding duration data. Of the 10 steps of the BFHI, step 3, prenatal education and step 10, postnatal breastfeeding support are the most difficult steps to implement; however, those steps have the potential to significantly impact maternal breastfeeding decisions. The underlying mechanisms by which Baby-Friendly practices contribute to maternal breastfeeding decisions remain unclear; thus, studies are needed to examine mothers' experiences and perceptions of Baby-Friendly practices.
Breastfeeding: Strategies and Resources
Working and Breastfeeding
Photo: Wikimedia Commons. There's plenty of science showing that, for most infants, breast is best. That's why public-health officials want to see most American babies consume breast milk exclusively until they're at least six months old. Policies designed to make breastfeeding easier can help make breastfeeding more commonplace.
Health care providers play an integral role in promoting and supporting a woman's decision to breastfeed. This promotion and support begins during preconception care and continues through prenatal, postpartum and ongoing care of the woman, the infant, and her family. Providers are vital sources of expertise to communicate the advantages of breastfeeding and the risks of not breastfeeding, help promote exclusivity and enable long-term breastfeeding success based on the mother's intentions. Becoming designated as a Breastfeeding Friendly Practice indicates dedication to improving and establishing optimal maternity and newborn care in support of breastfeeding.
Child care professionals with breastfeeding knowledge and supportive practices can increase the length of time babies are breastfed, leading to better health for moms and babies. Centers Spanish. Family Home Spanish. Adaptable community resources template. Partner slide deck: Breastfeeding in Child Care Toolkit Training Presentation for Partners - a presentation for partners to adapt and use to train child care professionals.