The impact of the Baby Friendly Health Initiative in the Australian healthcare system: a critical narrative review of the evidence.

Marjorie ATCHAN, Deborah DAVIS, Maralyn Foureur

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Studies have identified that the practices of maternity facilities and health professionals are crucial to women's experience of support and breastfeeding 'success'. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched globally in 1991 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. While a direct causal effect has not been established and critics suggest the rhetoric conflicts with women's lived experiences as new mothers, a positive association between the Initiative and breastfeeding prevalence is apparent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-22
Number of pages8
JournalBreastfeeding Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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