Infant feeding and institutional adherence with the Baby-Friendly Initiative: An assessment through maternal experience and review of policy and protocol
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global health promotion initiative committed to improving maternal-infant health by increasing rates of exclusive breastfeeding. The initiative and its Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding provide guidelines to hospitals and birthing facilities for implementing evidence-informed standards for patient care in pregnancy, childbirth, and the early post-partum period with a goal of improving breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity. The purpose of this research was to examine hospital adherence with infant feeding guidelines at the Janeway Children's Hospital/Health Sciences Centre in St. John's, NL. This interpretative phenomenological study conducted in 2012 included a systematic review of hospital infant feeding policies and protocols and an exploration of maternal healthcare and infant feeding experiences generated from individual and focus group interviews. The study revealed discrepancies between BFI practice guidelines and hospital infant feeding healthcare practices, specifically a lack of full adherence with Steps 3-9 of the BFI, and inconclusive evidence about adherence with Step 10.
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Canadian Institute For Health Research Priority Program (CIHR-RPP), Research And Development Corporation Of Newfoundland And Labrador (RDC) Research And Graduate Studies, Memorial Universi
Strategic Research Theme
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery