Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for lactation. Baby-Friendly USA is the organization that guides and designates hospitals in the United States.
Baby-Friendly USA uses a 4-D Pathway to assist hospitals in their journey through the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the evidence-based standard of care that increases breastfeeding success.
The more BFHI “Steps” a mother experiences, the higher her likelihood of reaching her breastfeeding goals. Three out of four US mothers initiate breastfeeding, but this number falls off dramatically if she’s not supported in the early days of her breastfeeding experience.
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The goal of the SC Ten Steps Program is to support breastfeeding policies and practices in hospitals and birthing centers statewide.