Breastfeeding is an art. Helping a woman with breastfeeding requires taking in all kinds of information–social, emotional, physical, medical–and formulating a unique plan of care for her. There are few pat answers or solutions to obstacles.
Given this, some nurses are hesitant to institute hospital policy for breastfeeding. But isn’t what I described above true of all areas of nursing? Each person and disease process is unique and requires nursing judgement in order to provide the most effective care.
I’ve also heard, “It’s just breastfeeding. Is a policy really necessary?” In February 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their policy statement on breastfeeding. According to the AAP, “Breastfeeding and human milk are the normative standards for infant feeding and nutrition. Given the documented short- and long-term medical and neurodevelopmental advantages of breastfeeding, infant nutrition should be considered a public health issue and not only a lifestyle choice.”
It’s time to lose the “policy shmolicy” attitude toward breastfeeding and use policy to point us all in the same direction, thus giving mothers consistent support and information.
Our Baby-Friendly related policy drafts have been given the green-light by Baby-Friendly USA! Take a sneak peak right here!
- BFHI Infant Feeding
- BFHI Skin to Skin Contact & Newborn Care in CBU
- BFHI Rooming-in Mother/Baby Unit
- BFHI Pacifier Use
- BFHI Baby to NICU, Pump to Breast
- BFHI Formula Feeding