Upholding the Highest Standards of Infant Feeding Care

As the accrediting body and national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the United States, Baby-Friendly USA (BFUSA) is responsible for coordinating and conducting all activities necessary to confer the prestigious Baby-Friendly® designation and ensure the widespread adoption of the BFHI in the US. We do this by:

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Upholding the Highest Standards of Infant Feeding Care.

As the accrediting body and national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the United States, Baby-Friendly USA (BFUSA) is responsible for coordinating and conducting all activities necessary to confer the prestigious Baby-Friendly® designation and ensure the widespread adoption of the BFHI in the US. We do this by:

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Update from BFUSA

Update from BFUSA

October 9, 2020

Dear Colleagues, BFUSA would once again like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the thousands of dedicated healthcare workers caring for patients throughout the US during this difficult time. Thank...

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Important Information – Just in Time for World Breastfeeding Week

Important Information – Just in Time for World Breastfeeding Week

August 4, 2020

Welcome to World Breastfeeding Week! World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1 - 7 to commemorate the Innocenti Declaration. This milestone document was signed in August 1990 by...

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Update on BFUSA Search for New CEO

Update on BFUSA Search for New CEO

July 1, 2020

Dear Colleagues, As we announced in May, Baby-Friendly USA CEO Trish MacEnroe will be retiring at the end of this calendar year. The BFUSA Board is conducting a national search to...

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New Study: In-Hospital Formula Feeding Linked to Earlier Weaning

New Study: In-Hospital Formula Feeding Linked to Earlier Weaning

June 10, 2020

An important new study in the journal Pediatrics has found that in-hospital formula feeding is linked to earlier weaning from breastfeeding, with infants exposed to formula in the hospital...

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BFUSA Initiates Search for New CEO

BFUSA Initiates Search for New CEO

May 19, 2020

An Important Announcement from Baby-Friendly USA Dear Colleagues, Trish MacEnroe has informed the Baby-Friendly USA (BFUSA) Board of Directors that, after more than ten years as the Executive Director/CEO of...

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Now More Than Ever, Baby-Friendly Facilities  Must Protect Parents from Commercial Interests

Now More Than Ever, Baby-Friendly Facilities Must Protect Parents from Commercial Interests

April 10, 2020

Dear Colleagues, On March 26, BFUSA announced that, in order to support facilities in assisting mothers to access adequate nutrition for their babies during the COVID-19 crisis, we would relax...

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Coronavirus Update #2

Coronavirus Update #2

March 26, 2020

The entire team at Baby-Friendly USA sends our deepest gratitude to all healthcare providers, staff and first responders for the heroic work you are doing to provide incredible care...

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Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update

March 17, 2020

This message contains important information regarding issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our thoughts are with all hospital personnel, specifically those providing direct care to patients. We are also...

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Revised Guidance About the Infant-Driven Feeding Training Program

Revised Guidance About the Infant-Driven Feeding Training Program

March 6, 2020

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

January 17, 2020

New Year’s Greetings from Baby-Friendly USA! 2020 will be a very important year for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the US. In December, BFUSA released Interim Guidelines and Evaluation...

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There Are Now More than 600 Baby-Friendly Designated Facilities in the US!

There Are Now More than 600 Baby-Friendly Designated Facilities in the US!

December 16, 2019

Mississippi Leads the Way... The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) has reached another important milestone: over 600 birthing facilities are now Baby-Friendly designated in the US, representing more than 28% of...

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Baby-Friendly USA Releases Interim Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria

Baby-Friendly USA Releases Interim Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria

December 9, 2019

BFUSA is pleased to announce that we have released Interim Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria (GEC) for assessments taking place between February 1, 2020 and December 31, 2022. The Interim Guidelines...

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What SHOULD Happen When Baby Does Not Get Enough Milk from Mom

What SHOULD Happen When Baby Does Not Get Enough Milk from Mom

December 3, 2019

It is perhaps the most important and complex question for hospital staff and medical professionals caring for newborn babies with mothers wishing to breastfeed: what are the proper procedures...

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New Study Shows Baby-Friendly Practices Associated with Decreased Rates of Early Infant Deaths

New Study Shows Baby-Friendly Practices Associated with Decreased Rates of Early Infant Deaths

November 18, 2019

A new study published this week in the Journal of Pediatrics shows increased rates of implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) are associated with decreased rates of infant...

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Fact vs. FIB: Follow-Up

Fact vs. FIB: Follow-Up

November 15, 2019

Earlier this week, we published an article showing that higher Baby-Friendly penetration rates are clearly associated with higher breastfeeding initiation rates across the country and across time. This finding...

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Comments from the Front Line

“Here in West Virginia, we only have three Baby-Friendly certified hospitals. I’ll be going to one of them.”

Sarah Foster, Expectant Mother in West Virginia

“The Baby-Friendly experience has really helped us drive our evidence-based practice and assure our patients that we are practicing to the highest standards. We’re affecting not only the health of this generation, but generations to come. It’s very exciting and empowering.”

Angela Hammett, Community Education Manager at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA

“We have some serious healthcare issues in our state and we knew increased breastfeeding could have a positive impact in these areas. So, our management made the bold and important decision that we were going to encourage a commitment to the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.”

Sarah Broom, MD, Medical Director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi

“The moment I tried it, she latched on, no problem. It’s like she knew what she wanted. So that’s how I ended up breastfeeding. Everything I needed to know about breastfeeding, they helped me 100 percent. I’m glad I did it because there’s a lot of benefits from it.”

Tiesha Lee, recent patient at South Sunflower County Hospital in Indianola, Mississippi

“The delivery setting is vital to a good start in breastfeeding. Since breastfeeding improves health in so many ways, the impact of this effort on our population’s health is yet to be fully appreciated.”

Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, incoming Chair of the Section on Breastfeeding for the American Academy of Pediatrics

“Baby-Friendly practices are now mainstream and have achieved wide enough coverage to have a significant impact on breastfeeding rates across the US.”

Mona Liza Hamlin, MSN, RN, IBCLC, Chair of the United States Breastfeeding Committee