Why Step 1?
Periodic review and update of your infant feeding policies assures support for the goals of the WHO and UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, or WHO Code. An evidence-based policy helps to guide your staff and facility leadership in the delivery of best-practice care.
Primary Goals of Step 1
- Create a breastfeeding policy that promotes patient-centered care and supports the principles of dignity, respect, responsiveness, empowerment, informed decision making and cultural relevance.
- Include in policy the requirement for staff to implement the Ten Steps and the WHO Code.
- Train your staff on the policy within six months of hire and provide ongoing continuing education on the principles of the policy. Find additional Training Resources.
- Display your policy and/or a printed guide in all patient care areas where pregnant women, mothers, babies and children are served.
- Ensure that all staff follow the policy through regular auditing.
Ten Step Self-Assessment
Use the Ten Step Self-Assessment to help you evaluate your progress for this step. This self- assessment document does not have to be submitted with application.
- Use document checklist (PDF) to ensure appropriate support documentation is included with application.
- If your current practice does not meet these criteria, review the Ten Step Self-Assessment to assess how your facility might fully implement this step.
- Review your individual Ten Step Scorecard from the last designation for change recommendations.
- Use the Ten Step Self-Assessment Tool to help plan for step-by-step improvement in any areas needed.
- Review the Baby Friendly USA, Inc. Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria to view full standard for this step.
New York State Model Hospital Breastfeeding policy
Designed as a standard reference when reviewing and revising hospital breastfeeding policies (as related to the New York State policy).
California Model Hospital Policy toolkit
Designed to give basic information and guidance to prenatal professionals who wish to revise policies that affect the breastfeeding mother.
The Business Case for Breastfeeding
A comprehensive program designed to educate employers about the value of supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace.
Kaiser Permanente Breastfeeding Toolkit
Designed to assist health care organizations and hospital teams in planning and implementing performance improvement projects related to the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and Ten Steps.
Speak Up for Your Rights
Campaign to support patient rights that includes videos and other materials.
National Institute for Children’s Health Quality
Quality Improvement Resources for Professionals