Study: Implementation, not accreditation, ups breast-feeding rates

03/14/2013 | Reuters

New mothers are more likely to continue breast-feeding their babies when deliveries take place in hospitals that implement at least four of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative guidelines, regardless of whether the facilities are BFHI-accredited, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. The four steps most likely to result in continued breast-feeding are immediately placing the newborn in contact with its mother's skin, breast-feeding within an hour after delivery, rooming in, and giving the infant no other food or drink. The initiative, created by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund, is a 10-step program to increase breast-feeding rates.

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