Baby Friendly Health Initiative for General Staff

$6/per user

12 months access

What you will learn

The goal of the Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) is to improve the nutrition of infants and young children through the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding.

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global initiative launched by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991. It was introduced into Australia in 1992 and is now administered by the Australian College of Midwives (ACM).

In 2006, the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative became the Baby Friendly Health Initiative in order to more accurately reflect the expansion of the initiative into the community health settings.

Group 3 Personnel – Step 2 of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding focuses on the education of all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement the breastfeeding policy. You have been identified as group 3 personnel: a staff member who has contact with pregnant women and mothers but does not assist mothers with breastfeeding, you are not required to provide infant feeding advice as part of your role. However you have an important role in providing information that is consistent with the aims of BFHI.

Relevance

This course is for staff who have contact with pregnant women and mothers but do not assist mothers with breastfeeding and do not provide infant feeding advice as part of their role (e.g. admin, volunteer and domestic staff).

Learning outcomes

On completion of this BFHI eLearning program for Group 3 personnel you will be able to:

  • recognize the importance of BFHI in the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding
  • explain the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes
  • outline the 10 steps to Successful Breastfeeding
  • outline the benefits of breastfeeding
  • describe how you can support breastfeeding mothers.

About this course

Duration

This program will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Certificate

On successful completion of the assessments you can download a certificate of completion.

Disclaimer

This course adheres to South Australian (SA Health) guidelines and Australian National Standards.

The principles described in the course can however be applied to any health care setting.

If you practice outside South Australia it is your responsibility to refer to the specific requirements of your local health authority.

Resources

WCHN Breastfeeding Policy Directive

WCHN Breastfeeding Procedure

SA Health Flexible Working Guidelines

Labour and Birth Policy

Resources for mothers

Australian Breastfeeding Association – 1800 mum 2 mum (1800 686 2 686)

Child and Family Health Services (CaFHS) – 1300 733 606 or www.cyh.com

Parent Helpline – 1300 364 100

Find a Lactation Consultant – www.lcanz.org

Course structure