The DC Breastfeeding Friendly Hospital Initiative Baseline Survey Results

The DCBFC evaluated the breastfeeding friendliness of the eight maternity service facilities in Washington, DC who participated in the DC Breastfeeding Friendly Hospital Initiative.

The tools used in the survey were developed based on criteria as outlined by UNICEF/WHO in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding for Hospitals have been proven to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates and duration nationally in keeping with the Surgeon Generalís Healthy People 2010 Goals.

The survey had three components: a web site review, a review of the written breastfeeding policy, and faculty interviews regarding breastfeeding practices. The results of the survey have identified within these three components, each facilities strengths and areas in need for improvement.

The DCBFC is pleased to announce that Georgetown University Hospital was found to be the most breastfeeding-friendly birth facility in the District for 2008 and 2009. The hospital scored highest in each of the three components of the survey and has also received a Certificate of Intent from Baby Friendly USA. The hospitals that showed the most improvement between the baseline and final evaluations were Washington Hospital Center (Policies), Howard University Hospital (Practices) and Providence Hospital (Website).

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Last Updated: June 2018