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!