The Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

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The Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria are the most important tool to guide the work of hospitals through the Baby-Friendly designation process. 
  • GUIDELINES: These represent the standard of care that facilities should strive to achieve for all patients.
  • EVALUATION CRITERIA:  These represent the minimum standard that a facility must achieve in order to become Baby-Friendly designated.

Click here to download a copy of the most recent Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria.

Click here to view a presentation on the Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria.

Facility structure and operations throughout the country vary.  When developing action plans, facilities need to factor in their specific resources, opportunities and challenges as they follow the standards outlined in the Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria.

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