The Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria
The Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria are the most important tool to guide the work of hospitals through the Baby-Friendly designation process.
Baby-Friendly USA released updated “Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria for Facilities Seeking Baby-Friendly Designation” (2016 Revision). As indicated by the title, it 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 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.
NOTICE: Important Change to the 2016 Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria for Step 9, Criterion 9.1.2, effective November 1, 2018.
BFUSA has decided to reinstate the relevant 2010 criteria for Step 9. This specifically applies to criterion 9.1.2 which will now say:
"Observations in the postpartum unit and any well-baby observation areas will indicate that at least 80% of breastfeeding infants are not using bottles, or, if they are, their mothers have been informed of the risks and this education is documented in the medical record."
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Click here to download the 2016 editionV2.
Click here for a summary of the changes - Version 2.
Baby-Friendly USA has prepared and published dates for implementation the revised Guidelines and Criteria, to provide clarity and amply time for facilities to comply:
- Designated facilities: All designated facilities must come into compliance with the new GEC by October 31, 2018
- Facilities seeking designation: All facilities with on-site assessments taking place after Oct 31, 2018 will be assessed using the 2016 edition