Baby-Friendly For All

In the past few months I have talked to all kinds of people about breastfeeding. And when I talk, people like to tell me things. I could tell you about the breastfeeding experiences of nearly every executive leader at our hospital! I love hearing their stories and appreciate the support they are extending to Baby-Friendly at Memorial.

How exciting that this week I had the opportunity to have conversations with even more people! Emmy, my friend, colleague and co-chair of the Baby-Friendly task force, set up the meetings for us to begin sharing Baby-Friendly information throughout the hospital.

Here’s why we did it:

  • Baby-Friendly is not a designation given only to the Childbirth Unit and Mother/Baby Unit. Baby-Friendly extends well beyond Newborn Intensive Care and Pediatrics.  Baby-Friendly is a designation given to the entire hospital.
  • We want to assure that no matter what brings a woman to Memorial, the care and feeding of her baby will be considered.
  • We want to serve and care for women who work here and have babies at home.  Currently we provide lactation stations in the hospital for women to pump.
  • We want help spreading our Baby-Friendly news in our community. What better way than to start right inside our walls!

When we met with leaders, we asked when we could share Baby-Friendly with their staff.  Our calendar for next spring is full of unit meetings. In addition, Emmy has prepared a Computer Based Learning (CBL) module that will be required for all employees.

The pathway to Baby-Friendly is four steps: Discovery, Development, Dissemination and Designation. Our Development year is winding down. 2013 will be full steam ahead!


About blogtobabyfriendly

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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