Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) comes from a collaboration of UNICEF and the World Health Organization to increase breastfeeding support in maternity hospitals. Baby-Friendly USA, the US certifying body, states that achieving certification ultimately helps mothers gain knowledge about lactation health.

According to Step 2 of their updated guidelines, hospitals require 20 hours of maternity training with a focus on breastfeeding education. The nursing staff receives higher quality education when hands-on, realistic, education tools are available during this training. The LiquidGoldConcept Lactation Simulation Model (LSM) can help staff gain essential breastfeeding skills such as hand expression of breastmilk, setting up and using a breast pump, and managing common complications such as plugged ducts and engorgement.

 

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Hospitals working towards the Baby-Friendly Hospital designation may be eligible for the LiquidGoldConcept Lease Program, where they can lease the Lactation Simulation Model and Breast Health Training Tool for a limited time. Learn more about this Lease Program here.

The LiquidGoldConcept Lactation Simulation Model Case Series can easily be used for providing breastfeeding education to hospital staff and patients. This open-access video series demonstrates essential breastfeeding skills such as hand expression of breastmilk, setting up and using a breast pump, and breast massage techniques for alleviating plugged ducts and engorgement.