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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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?