Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative




Breastfeeding lays a foundation for good health in infancy, childhood and into adult life and Maternity Hospitals have a special role in supporting mothers with the establishment of breastfeeding. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a World Health Organisation and United Nations Childrens Fund initiative established to raise the standard of care for mothers and babies and child health has improved as a result.


Lakes DHB is a Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative accredited hospital and is committed to adopting practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding while treating every mother with respect and supporting her with factual information.


As part of the accreditation process Lakes DHB agrees to adopt the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding:


1.       Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.


2.       Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.


3.       Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.


4.       Help Mothers initiate breastfeeding within a half hour of birth.


5.       Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.


6.       Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated.


7.       Practice rooming-in – allow mothers and infants to remain together – 24 hours a day.


8.       Encourage breastfeeding on demand.


9.       Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants


10.    Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.



Our coordinator at Lakes DHB for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is Sue Wells.








Sue Wells

Registered General Nurse / Lactation Consultant and Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Coordinator