IBFAN-ICDC releases Fact Sheet for BFHI and the Code to celebrate August – the month of World Breastfeeding Week

The Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a programme launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991 specifically for facilities offering maternity and newborn services. The basis is the adherence to the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding in the care of mothers and infants and compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent World Health Assembly resolutions (the Code). In 2018, the 2018 BFHI Implementation Guidance was published, which includes a revision of the Ten Steps and encompasses for the first time the Code as a distinct step within the Ten Steps.

To celebrate the month of World Breastfeeding Week 2018, we are releasing the “IBFAN-ICDC Fact Sheet: BFHI and the Code”, a 2-page easy-to-view fact sheet that summarises the Implementation Guidance for quick reading. We hope that more facilities around the world will stay true to the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and make breastfeeding the foundation of life.