“More than one million infants worldwide die every year because they are not breastfed or are given other foods too early,” says BFHI.
BFHI, which stands for Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, works to promote breastfeeding success by encouraging hospitals to adopt policies that make them “baby-friendly”.
In order to be named baby-friendly, hospitals must inact ten steps, which include things like having a clear breastfeeding policy, informing all pregnant women of the benefits of breastfeeding, helping mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour after birth, practicing “rooming in”, promoting breastfeeding on demand, and giving no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
Giving birth in a baby-friendly hospital means that you will be fully supported in your desire to breastfeed your baby.
There are currently only two hospitals in Nebraska who meet the BFHI requirements, BrianLGH Medical Center of Lincoln and Nebraska Methodist Hospital of Omaha. BrianLGH was named a baby-friendly hospital in September of 2008.
For more information about The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, visit BabyFriendlyUSA.org
For more information about BrianLGH, visit BrianLGH.com