BFUSA’s Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria give meaning and specific definition to each of the Ten Steps. It is the most important tool hospitals will use to guide their work through the Baby-Friendly designation process.
The most recently updated “Interim Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria for Facilities Seeking Baby-Friendly Designation” (effective at onsite assessments taking place February 1, 2020 through December 31, 2022) is available for download in the box to the right.
As indicated by its title, this document includes both the Guidelines facilities would need to follow to achieve full Baby-Friendly status and Evaluation Criteria that clearly spell out the minimum standards that a facility must achieve in order to become Baby-Friendly designated.
- GUIDELINES: These are the standards of care that facilities should strive to achieve for all patients.
- EVALUATION CRITERIA: These are the minimum standards that a facility must achieve to become Baby-Friendly designated.