Baby Friendly accreditation increases prevalence, duration of exclusive breastfeeding and improved cognitive outcomes for children
In this working paper, the authors looked to isolate the true impact of breastfeeding on child cognitive development from an association which might arise because of differences between breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding mothers.
Barriers, facilitators and recommendations to the implementation of Baby Friendly
A review was carried out to identify the barriers, facilitators, and recommendations related to implementation of the Baby Friendly Initiative from international, peer-reviewed literature.
Baby Friendly practices and their contribution to exclusive breastfeeding
A large study in the US looked at mothers’ exclusive breastfeeding intentions and whether Baby Friendly hospital practices are associated with achieving these intentions.
A critical review of the impact of continuing breastfeeding education provided to nurses and midwives
This review of 15 studies from nine different countries analyzed the practice of continuing education on breastfeeding for health professionals, with a specific focus on nurses and midwives.
Birth in a Baby Friendly hospital in Brazil and the positive impact on breastfeeding outcomes
The influence of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) on breastfeeding indicators in Brazil was assessed using data from the Second Survey of Breastfeeding Prevalence, conducted in 2008.
Implementing the Baby Friendly Initiative in Australia - the perceptions of midwives
A study of the perceptions of BFHI implementation of midwives and nurses working in one Area Health Service in New South Wales, Australia was carried out.
Baby Friendly Initiative training improves staff knowledge and practice
A study was carried out to evaluate the effects of Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) community training on breastfeeding rates, staff and mothers in a large Primary Care Trust (PCT) in England.
Impact of Baby Friendly Initiative in Turkey
The impact of the introduction of the Baby Friendly Initiative in a Turkish hospital has recently been measured.
The Baby Friendly Initiative in Latin America – can we learn from their success?
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative was developed by WHO and UNICEF to promote breast-feeding in maternity wards worldwide. The authors have investigated the evidence of the impact of the Initiative.
Baby Friendly accreditation increases breastfeeding rates
Research published has found that UK mothers delivering in Baby Friendly accredited hospitals are 10% more likely to initiate breastfeeding than those who deliver in non-accredited units or units with a Certificate of Commitment.
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