Baby-friendly accreditation has little impact on breast-feeding rates

03/13/2013 | Reuters

The number of mothers who breast-fed a month after giving birth in hospitals accredited by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative was slightly lower than those who gave birth in non-accredited hospitals that had nonetheless implemented at least four of the BFHI steps, Australian researchers found. The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggest that adopting the BFHI practices is more vital in boosting breast-feeding rates than accreditation.

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