Improving healthcare for babies, their mothers and families.
Welcome to the Baby Friendly Health Initiative Australia
The Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) is a joint World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF project that aims to create a healthcare environment where breastfeeding is the norm, and practices known to promote the well-being of all mothers and infants are promoted. The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding are the global criteria against which maternity facilities are assessed and accredited.
The role of the BFHI in Australia is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. This is achieved by providing a framework for Baby Friendly hospitals to operate within based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Once implemented, these standards ensure all mothers and babies receive appropriate support and contemporary information in both the antenatal and postnatal period, regarding infant care and feeding.
Australian Breastfeeding Association LIVE Online Panel to Increase Awareness and Understanding of The WHO Code and its Relevance in Australia
Our friends at the Australian Breastfeeding Association are holding a LIVE online panel to [...]
BFHI Statement on Assessments in 2021
Updated January 2021 Introduction This statement is intended to support BFHI coordinators and senior [...]
BFHI Training Course for Maternity Staff
BFHI states that all health workers who care for women and children during [...]
The BFHI for Small, Sick and Preterm Newborns
The 2018 revision of the Ten Steps states that the care of small, [...]
BFHI Covid-19 Announcement for Assessments
29 June 2020 BFHI Australia appreciate that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a [...]
Breastfeeding and COVID-19: For Health Care Workers
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have released a Clinical Management Interim Guidance and [...]