On the way
Baby Friendly Neonatal Service
A Nordic-Canadian group developed a neonatal package which can be accessed here. Some elements of this initiative are now included in the HSE Infant Feeding Policy for Maternity and Neonatal Units (2015) and some elements will be included in assessments in Ireland from 2017 and in audit tools. More details will be posted during 2017.
Currently inactive Programmes
BFHI in Ireland also has a Breastfeeding
Supportive Paediatric Project. You can appraise your paediatric
service practices by using the Paediatric Self-Appraisal Form. Note the contact
details are out of date on the FAQ.
Breastfeeding Supportive Workplace
Is your health facility supportive of staff who return to work breastfeeding?
Review the supports in place with the Self-Appraisal checklist.
More information on supporting breastfeeding in the workplace:
Breastfeeding Supportive Whole Hospital
BFHI Link newsletter Issue 20 includes a checklist and information.
Baby Friendly Primary Care / Community Health Services
services is currently not part of the remit of the BFHI in Ireland. There is no global
WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative package for community health centres /
primary health care. There is a wide diversity of health systems at primary care
level and this makes it difficult to have a global programme.
A feasibility study of BFHI in the community in Ireland done in 2007 can accessed here.
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