Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 18(4) January 2016 : 80-86.doi:10.12927/hcq.2016.24545
Changing Practice

A Dozen Strategies along the Ten Steps Baby-Friendly Initiative Journey

Ann Salvador, Louise Dumas, Barbara Davies, Marie-Josée Emard and Kim Lortie


To improve the quality of care and maternal-newborn outcomes, Hôpital Montfort implemented the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario Best Practice Guideline on Breastfeeding, which supports the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI). This journey was challenging yet rewarding. Overall, we report success with increased mother–infant skin-to-skin contact at birth and breastfeeding immediately postpartum. However, challenges with formula supplementation rates continue. This paper discusses 12 strategies that emerged from lessons learned and provides links to our policies and patient education materials. The information may be helpful to others, as implementation of parts of the BFI are inserted in criteria for the Canadian accreditation.



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