Training is an important part of efforts towards
implementing Baby-friendly practices in a health facility. All
staff in contact with pregnant women and mothers of infants and young children
should be able to assist breastfeeding and use baby-friendly practices relevant
to their role. All staff should be oriented to the hospital’s policies before
they commence work.
BFHI in Ireland does not
- provide training courses directly to hospitals,
- require hospitals to teach any particular course, and
- accredit courses or course facilitators.
The term “The BFHI 18-hour Course” has no clear
meaning in Ireland as there is no agreed curriculum or outcomes. There is NO
breastfeeding management course in Ireland that is accredited by BFHI Ireland,
UNICEF or WHO – at present or in the past. One Training of Trainers Course
about ten years ago was accredited.
BFHI Link issues
focusing on training needs
Information on what knowledge and skills are needed for those who assist mothers
can be found in BFHI Link
Issue 21, December 2004
Link Issue 5, March
As well as the information in other BFHI
Link issues on implementing practices of each of the Ten Steps and Code.
WHO/UNICEF global course, which was highly revised
in 2006, can be downloaded from http://www.unicef.org/nutrition/index_24850.html
3: Breastfeeding Promotion and Support in a Baby-Friendly Hospital, a 20-hour
course for maternity staff
Guidelines for Course Facilitators
pdf 447 KB
Outlines of Course Sessions
pdf 1470 KB
PowerPoint Slides for the Course
ppt 2714 KB
3.1 includes an appendix with ideas for orientation sessions for non-clinical
staff as well as a list of useful web sites for training ideas.
we recommend... Practical education for all health care professionals
(adapted from BFI UK)
Outcomes for Breastfeeding Management Courses (adapted
from BFI UK)
Session for health workers on discussing infant formula use with parents