Infant feeding and institutional compliance with the WHO/UNICEF baby-friendly initiative: an assessment through maternal experience

Fullerton, Laura Mary (2014) Infant feeding and institutional compliance with the WHO/UNICEF baby-friendly initiative: an assessment through maternal experience. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The benefits of breastfeeding are numerous and supported through World Health Organization guidelines. Maternal healthcare in the hours/days following delivery can greatly impact breastfeeding outcomes. The World Health Organization developed the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) to promote optimal infant feeding care in healthcare settings. None of the 40 designated Baby-Friendly facilities in Canada are located in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) where rates of initiation and exclusive feeding are among Canada’s lowest. This research assesses hospital adherence with Steps 3-10 of the BFI at the Janeway Children’s Hospital/Health Science Centre in St. John’s, NL. Using interpretive phenomenology to explore maternal healthcare experiences, data were collected through semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and hospital policy review. Results indicate a lack of full adherence with Steps 3-10 of the BFI. Reported inconsistencies suggest a need for improved breastfeeding education, training and supportive conditions for nurses; and improved policy communication, monitoring and alignment with BFI guidelines.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/6279
Item ID: 6279
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-186).
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of > Community Health
Date: May 2014
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Breastfeeding--Newfoundland and Labrador; Maternal health services--Newfoundland and Labrador; Infants--Nutrition--Newfoundland and Labrador; Infants--Care--Newfoundland and Labrador

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