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Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Ireland

Creator:

World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Subject Keywords: Best practice, Maternity service, Pregnancy, Pregnant woman
Type: Campaign
Region: International (other)
Description:

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global campaign by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) which recognises that implementing best practice in the maternity service is crucial to the success of programmes to promote breastfeeding.

The Initiative was launched in 1991 and there are more than 19,000 hospitals/maternity units in 148 countries worldwide, including over 300 in Europe, had been officially recognised as Baby Friendly. Ireland’s BFHI commenced in April 1998.

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative can be viewed as a quality initiative implementing research based best practices. The successful implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding ensures that the hospital/unit supports and promotes informed parental choice through the provision of appropriate, accurate and unbiased information and discussions. The initiative involves health promoting practices and so is ideally linked with health promotion activities.

In Ireland, BFHI also has a Breastfeeding Supportive Paediatric Unit Project and a Breastfeeding Supportive Workplace Project, though these are currently inactive.

 

Date:

20/06/2013

Rights: © WHO & UNICEF
Suggested citation:

World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). (2013) Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Ireland [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/505482 [Accessed: 21st September 2018].

  

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