Today our UPC group discussed starting the process in becoming a baby friendly hospital. We deliver over 4000 babies a yr. We have a great Lactation Department with IBLCE certified RN's. Can anyone give us some advise in getting staff on board with this. This is obviously going to be a real change in how we do things now. Changing our nursery setting to an area used only for hearing screenings and circs will be quite a transition for both staff and parents. We do Mother Baby care on our unit. Thanks
Apr 11, '12
Get all RN trained in breastfeeding support. We took BCEP, and I also independtly took the CLC course. MDs, Midwives and Peditricians should also receive training. Have a formal breastfeeding policy. Look into having human donor milk on hand for supplementation purposes. Sign out the formula. Document why supplemetation was needed (this is separate from when a mom comes in and decides to formula feed from the get-go. Breastfed babies who need supplementation, that needs proper documentation). Encourage skin-2-skin immediately after birth. Try to get baby on breast within a half hour to an hour after birth...this goes for c-sections as well. Do not give out pacifiers.
Its a ton of education and selling at first, but once the steps are implemented it becomes routine/second nature.
Last edit by melmarie23 on Apr 11, '12