It happened again. I was stung with Baby-Friendly thoughts at the oddest time. This time I was at Purdue University to register my oldest daughter for her freshmen classes. I was smiling ear to ear, enjoying all that remains the same since I attended Purdue. The high-back leather chairs in Purdue Memorial Union where my now husband told me he wanted to be more than just friends—they’re still there. The slate tile floor, rich wood paneling, the 1920s “News Stand” sign in Stewart Center—they’re all still there.
The indented steps, the history and the fact that university traditions endure all made me think of our goal to build with Baby-Friendly sustainable change. I never wanted the success and longevity of Baby-Friendly at Memorial to rest on just one person or a small group of people. With a large, committed task force, widespread support and the involvement of many nurses, I believe we have already hit our tipping point. We are not done. We do not yet have the official designation. But with growing momentum … WE ARE BABY-FRIENDLY!