Baby-Friendly Hospitals: Resources

The following resources can assist your organization and community in learning more about the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and ways to advocate for improved breastfeeding support at your local hospital.

Baby-Friendly USA
Learn more about the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Baby-Friendly FAQs
Answers to commonly asked questions about the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Ban the Bags
A national campaign to stop formula company marketing in maternity hospitals.

HealthConnect One - Illinois Breastfeeding Blueprint: A Plan for Change
Provides comprehensive data about breastfeeding in Illinois. The report also makes recommendations to improve breastfeeding in Illinois. The "Take Action" section of the web site provides specific strategies to encourage hospitals to make breastfeeding practice changes to better support breastfeeding.

Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Information for health care providers

Illinois Department of Public Health - Illinois Hospital Report Card
Reports rates of breastfeeding at individual hospitals. To check breastfeeding rates for a single hospital, click on the "Safety" tab for that hospital's report card.  

Illinois State Breastfeeding Task Force - Hospital Advocacy Project
Download the Breastfeeding Bill of Rights to inform women of their breastfeeding rights during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. The My Breastfeeding Experience letters are also available here. These letters allow women to provide feedback to hospitals about their positive or negative breastfeeding experience.



The following resources are available to support health care providers and maternity care centers in improving their breastfeeding support practices and providing up-to-date breastfeeding information to patients.

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
Up to date breastfeeding information and clinical protocols for physicians

American Academy of Pediatrics

Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles
Baby-Friendly crib cards

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

InfantRisk Center at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Includes a forum for health care professionals to ask questions, a hotline number to call with questions about medication safety during breastfeeding, and a smartphone application of Thomas Hale's pharmacology and more.

Linkages Project
Facts for Feeding: Feeding Low Birth Weight Babies

Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

New York State Department of Health
Breastfeeding Pocket Card for Health Care Providers

United States Breastfeeding Committee

Early Skin to Skin after Cesarean to Improve Breastfeeding

Evidence for the ten steps to successful breastfeeding (For Step 8)

Fact Sheet on the Proposed Ban on Formula Marketing in Hospitals

No Separation of Mother and Baby, With Unlimited Opportunities
for Breastfeeding

Risk of Formula Feeding

Rooming in Scripting for Nurses

Scripting for Exclusive Breastfeeding L & D Staff

Skin-to-Skin Contact: Giving Birth Back to Mothers and Babies


Patient Education Materials for Health Care Provider Use

The Center for Women and Infants at University Hospital in
Louisville, Kentucky

Kangaroo Care Patient Education video

Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition
International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) "Inside Tracks" Patient Education Handouts

Health Education Associates
Educational pamphlets, tear-off pads, videos and more

Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition
Educational materials (includes breastfeeding software for handheld devices) and patient education resources for providers

Noodle Soup
Breastfeeding pamphlets, DVDs, magnets, bags, and other products

Transition to Parenthood
Breastfeeding patient education class resources, outlines, and handouts

USDA WIC Loving Support Campaign
Printable materials

USDA WIC Program Materials

US Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health
Your Guide to Breastfeeding Booklet (English, English - African American Women, English - American Indian and Alaska Native Women, Spanish, and Chinese)

New York University Langone Medical Center

Rooming In Poster


Breastfeeding Training Programs for Health Care Providers

American Academy of Pediatrics
Free Breastfeeding Residency Curriculum (includes examples of how to implement physician training and breastfeeding data collection guides)

Baby-Friendly USA
Support materials for implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington: Physician Lactation Education Collaborative
Evidence-based physician lactation education program ($99.95)

California Department of Public Health
Birth & Beyond California: Hospital breastfeeding quality improvement and staff training demonstration project

California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative
Free training courses including CEUs - some related to infant feeding

Case Western Reserve College of Medicine
Free online training course for health care providers: Breastfeeding Basics

Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition
Free breastfeeding physician education sessions

Health e-Learning online education
Baby-Friendly online staff education program ($140 per staff member)

Jones & Bartlett Learning
Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding online course (between $84.95 and $109.95)

University of Virginia Health System: Breastfeeding Training
Free online breastfeeding training course for health care providers

Vancouver Breastfeeding Centre
Online Breastfeeding Education DVD series based on the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative ($50.00) - The Art of Successful Breastfeeding: A Guide for Health Professionals

Wellstart International
Breastfeeding education materials and curricula for health care professionals


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