Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a Baby-Friendly Hospital

That means our hospital:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians 
  • American Academy of Nurses 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics 
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives 
  • Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine 
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
  • National WIC Association 
  • U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USCB) 
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 
  • U.S. Surgeon General

Frequently Asked Questions

The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding are:

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff. 
  2. Train all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy. 
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding. 
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth. 
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants. 
  6. Give infants no food or drink other than breast-milk, unless medically indicated. 
  7. Practice rooming in - allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day. 
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand. 
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants. 
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or birth center.

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