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. 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 (Implementation Guidance): 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.
In July, 2021, BFUSA released the updated Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria (GEC), 6th edition, for the United States. This version of the GEC will apply to all Baby-Friendly designation assessment request letters received on or after June 1, 2023. The Interim GEC, which has been the basis for assessments since February 1, 2020, will remain in effect until that time. Each of these documents is available for download in the box to the right.