The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), part of the global effort to diminish inequalities in health across all societal groups, has seen an increase of live births in US baby friendly (BF) hospitals from 2.9% in 2009 to 21.8% in 2017. At the time of this presentation about 869 000 babies are born yearly in baby friendly hospitals throughout the US.
The promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding initially focused on the healthy baby. In recent years it has been increasingly recognized that the vulnerable infant, hospitalized during the first days, weeks, or even months of life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) needs to be included in these efforts. An Expert Group from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Quebec, Canada is leading the way to develop guiding principles and ten steps for infants in the NICU.
The road to achieve and sustain exclusive breastmilk feeding for families in the NICU is a difficult one. In the upcoming webinar we will look at the evidence supporting specific health promotion activity can make breastfeeding or feeding with breastmilk for the NICU infant successful.