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Take on Ten Program

Take on Ten...Baby Steps to Becoming Baby Friendly

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment received funding from the Office of Women's Health and John Snow, Inc. to approach five of the delivering hospitals in Johnson County to encourage them to become "Baby Friendly." The project is called Take on Ten. Amy Gerend, an internationally board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and project manager, will be meeting with contacts in each of the five hospitals and talking with them about what it takes to become a Baby Friendly hospital and provide them with resources to guide them through the process.

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF to help promote breastfeeding in the hospital setting and serve as a resource for mothers to get knowledgeable breastfeeding support. As part of the initiative there are steps that need to be met in order for a hospital to become certified as "Baby Friendly."

Steps to Become Certified as "Baby Friendly"

  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.

For more information on the project or to have Amy come to your hospital please contact Laura Grimmett, Johnson County WIC Program Manager, at 913-826-1250 or Laura.Grimmett@jocogov.org.

Funding for this project was made possible in part by the HHS, Office of Women's Health.

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