Wendy Brodribb


Hospital accreditation doesn’t ensure breastfeeding

For efforts to promote breastfeeding, making sure that a hospital follows so-called baby-friendly practices is more important than whether it is formally accredited by a breastfeeding initiative, according to a new study. Australian researchers found that new mothers were more likely to be breastfeeding their newborns a few months after delivery if their hospitals followed the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) guidelines, than if they gave birth in a hospital accredited by the Initiative.