Category Archives: Our Self-Assessment Tool

Baby-Friendly’s Ginsu Knife

Remember Ginsu knives? They popularized infomercials and could “cut through a nail, tin can, radiator hose and still cut a tomato paper thin.” What really made Ginsu knives famous was their infomercial mantra, “But wait!  There’s more!” Baby-Friendly has its … Continue reading

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Personal Confessions of a Baby-Friendly Blogger

Looking back, if I had to list the top reasons my first breastfeeding experience didn’t go the way I wanted it to, I would have to include… I was discouraged from reaching out to La Leche League for support because … Continue reading

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Step 9: The Pacifier

Pacifiers are so cute! In our home, we call a pacifier a “pacie.” Our oldest child might still have one if the dentist hadn’t called it quits when our daughter was (gasp!) nearly 4 years old! My husband and I … Continue reading

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Step 7: Rooming-in

Step 7. I love step seven. Put 2 fingers up on one hand, and then take your other hand and wrap it around. That’s step 7—tuck families in together. Step 7 is probably the most practice-altering piece of Baby-Friendly for … Continue reading

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Step 6: Human Milk for Human Babies

In 2011 nearly 80 percent of women who delivered at Memorial Hospital started out wanting to breastfeed. A few of those, 9 percent, gave up breastfeeding during their hospital stay. Many, 48 percent, supplemented feedings with formula at least once.* Reasons … Continue reading

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Our Self-Appraisal Tool: Step 5

Baby-Friendly Step #5 is hodgepodge of practical ways to help women get feeding off to a good start. This includes having a R.N. at the bedside to help with the second feeding and teaching each mother how to hand express … Continue reading

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Celebrating Step 4: Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within an hour after birth

Today we celebrate step 4!  This month we also celebrate 6 years of placing babies skin to skin (STS) with their mothers (and sometimes fathers) here at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. I’m often asked how we did it. Below is … Continue reading

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