If a participating hospital would like a document in an editable format (Word) please contact the National BFHI Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently asked questions
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Policies and supporting documents
Review your hospital's practices
You can appraise your maternity service practices by using the BFHI Global Self-Appraisal Form.
BFHI Self-Appraisal form
including Policy Self-Appraisal
Checklist (revised 2013) (pdf
Hospitals designated as meeting the criteria as Baby-friendly Hospitals are required to maintain their standards. More information on monitoring and reassessment
WHO/UNICEF Global Revision Project - information on the Global Revision. This link takes you to the UNICEF (global) website.
Resources for Planning:
Baby-friendly designated hospitals are required to support the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and its subsequent resolutions. The International Code goes beyond what is required by Irish legislation on infant formula marketing.
Magazines given to pregnant women by the hospital - what are they marketing? Read more
If a hospital employee speaks at a formula sponsored event does this imply the hospital endorses the products? Read more
What do codes of professional ethics say about involvement with marketing and what is the role of servicre managers? Read more
What are the different forms of marketing, how to watch out for them in health facilities and how to minimise the impact on parebts. Download and read the new (March 2013) Guide for Health Workers to working within the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
The criteria for assessment is that the relevant staff have the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to implement the hospital policy and baby-friendly practices. This knowledge, attitude and skill is likely to be acquired through classroom sessions, reading, practical training, informal discussions, workshops and other means, both as pre-service and continuing education. Training needs will depend on the staff member's role and involvement with pregnant women, new mothers and their infants. All staff in contact with mothers need to be aware of the hospital breastfeeding policy and their role in implementing it.
BFHI in other countries, particularly the BFI UK. See Links page.
La Leche League Go to www.lalecheleague.org then click on Welcome in the language you are looking for or the web site of that country. Also ask your local La Leche League Leader about materials.
Contents of the publication may vary slightly from the English language version or version in Ireland. For example, the BFI UK publication Breastfeeding Your Baby is not exactly the same as the BFHI Ireland publication by the same name. Terms such as community midwife and health visitor may be used in UK information, and visits to paediatrician in US materials where we would take the baby to a GP or public health nurse. Information from other countries may lack contact details for support in Ireland so ensure there is a sticker or other information that gives local contacts.
Remember it is better to give no leaflet than to give a leaflet in the personís own language that has incorrect information. Do not give out leaflets if you do not know what is written in them.
If you are thinking of translating BFHI materials for use in Ireland, please check first with the BFHI National Coordinator or the National Breastfeeding Coordinator. This ensures you are using the most recent version and not duplicating work already done. Copyrighted materials should not be translated without permission from the holder of the copyright.
BFHI in Ireland also has a Breastfeeding
Supportive Paediatric Project. You can appraise your paediatric
service practices by using the Paediatric Self-Appraisal Form. Download a form
to join the project if you provide hospital paediatric services to infants and
Paediatric BFHI FAQ (pdf 114 KB)
Join Paediatric Project (pdf 174 KB)
Paediatric Self-Appraisal form (pdf 272 KB)
Ten Steps to Supporting Breastfeeding in the Paediatric Unit (pdf 90 KB)
Is your health facility supportive of staff who return to work breastfeeding?
Review the supports in place with the Self-Appraisal checklist. Health
facilities that are a member of the Irish Network of Health Promoting Hospitals
or participating in a BFHI project can apply for a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
Breastfeeding Supportive Workplace FAQ (pdf 71 KB)
Breastfeeding Supportive Workplace Criteria (pdf 124 KB)
Breastfeeding Supportive Workplace Self-Appraisal (pdf 114 KB)
Workplace Participation Application
More information on supporting breastfeeding in the workplace:
Breastfeeding and Working booklet (HSE)
Legislation on breastfeeding breaks
Trade Union material on maternity support
Health and Safety Authority
BFHI Link Issue 14 and Issue 30
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