A Quirky Request

Other than having two “M’s”, two “T’s” and two “E’s”, the word “COMMITTEE” isn’t very fun. Isn’t that weird? What other word has that many letters repeated! But the joy of the word ends there. When I think of being on a committee, I groan. That’s why our 22-member multidisciplinary team charged with implementing Baby-Friendly is called a “Task Force.” Very powerful!

Twenty-two great minds is a great force, but that’s a lot of people to dig into the details of the task. That’s why we have subcommittees. In total, there are four:

  1. Policy Subcommittee—These members are currently deep in reading, comparing our current policy against what is required by Baby-Friendly. They have contacted other Baby-Friendly hospitals and have several examples of what our new policies could look like.
  2. Training Subcommittee—Comprised of a unit educator and all five lactation consultants, the training subcommittee has to decide how to provide approximately 150 nurses with 20 hours of education. Additionally, they have to conduct an assessment to learn what education is needed outside of Women’s & Children’s Services. Once that is done, they have to tailor education for every area of the hospital.  Becoming Baby-Friendly is a hospital-wide initiative!
  3. Practice Subcommittee—This to-be-determined group will take the policy and help put it into practice. They will develop systems to make the policy work.
  4. Continuity of Care Subcommittee—Also to-be-determined, this subcommittee will assure families have support and education regarding feeding choices before and after their babies are born.

So here’s the quirky request. Today at the Training Subcommittee meeting, one member suggested there must be a better name for the group. What a good idea! Is there a more exciting name you can think of for their hard work? For the policy people too? And while I’m fielding questions, do you have any ideas of how to teach breastfeeding  support to lots of nurses?

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blogtobabyfriendly is written by Amy Murray, a Childbirth Unit nurse with a touch of earth muffin crunch. A childbirth educator and IBCLC, she's been a breastfeeding advocate all her adult life, believing that if our bodies make milk, it just makes good sense to feed it to our babies. blogtobabyfriendly is her hospital's journey to Baby-Friendly designation. Click to get email updates on new blog posts. Our desire is to learn, share, and learn more.
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5 Responses to A Quirky Request

  1. Jenna Fischer says:

    I am excited to learn that the Baby-Friendly initiatives are reaching past just the childbirth unit and to the hospital as a whole. A few months after my first son was born I had to have an emergency appendectomy and I noticed a definite lack of support for breastfeeding mothers outside of the childbirth unit. Hopefully your hard work will have far-reaching results!

    • Thanks Jenna! Support can be hit and miss, depending on the unit and the people involved. Their support may be largely based on their personal expereince. Evidence based care challenges us to look beyond our personal beliefs and look to the science instead. A friend recently told me of some terrific support in Radiology and from a GI doc!

  2. CrisovanTama Tama Crisovan
    @AmyOakbridge @wordpressdotcom Wish fulfillment committee?
    Jan 20, 7:37 AM via Mobile Web

  3. Amy says:

    Several weeks ago, I took my 3 week old, exclusively breastfed son, to Navarre Outpatient Radiology for an Upper GI. He not only received excellent, compassionate care, I was also supported in my role as a breastfeeding mom. I was told to bring a bottle of expressed breastmilk to the appointment to be used to see if his stomach is emptying properly (he has severe reflux) and upon learning that I’m a dedicated breastfeeding mom, the Gastro doctor told me to save the expressed breastmilk as “that stuff is liquid gold!” and just nurse him during to procedure. This doctor also offered me a comfortable seat to nurse in and a bottle of water because he said that he remembered his wife gettting very thirsty when she was breastfeeding their children. At the end of the appointment, this doctor reminded me that “Breast is best even for a baby with reflux.” I left with a smile on my face after being reminded that I was doing the very best thing for my son.

    Thank you for the opportunity to share this positive experience!

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