Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative: Making Breastfeeding Easier

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative: Making Breastfeeding Easier

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) helps hospitals give breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills they need to successfully start and continue breastfeeding their babies.

It is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). This program encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer the highest level of care for lactation.

Only 73 hospitals in the nation have this prestigious designation, and only four of those are academic medical centers.

Breastfeeding & Baby Friendly Care

As a Baby Friendly facility, University of Utah Hospital has created the best possible environment for successful breastfeeding, which experts believe is the most healthy option for both mom and baby.

Since committing to the Baby Friendly initiative our women’s and children’s staff, nurses, and physicians have dedicated themselves to offering support and resources for families who decide to breastfeed, both in and out of the hospital. Find lactation rooms at University of Utah Health locations.

Breastfeeding Guidelines

Our labor and delivery staff uses these guidelines to provide Baby Friendly care to our patients:

  1. Maintain a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in the skills they need to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers start breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
  6. Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming in: Allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day. For infants who must stay in the late pre-term nursery, we offer twilight rooms so that mothers can still breastfeed their infants.
  8. Encourage unrestricted feedings.
  9. Do not give pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Help establish breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them when they leave the hospital or clinic.

Breastfeeding Positions

Preparing for your delivery can be stressful for expecting parents. Watch our virtual tour of University of Utah Hospital so you can learn about the services and amenities we offer to make your big day more comfortable