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Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)

Intent of the Intervention

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) at Boston Medical Center (BMC) is a research-tested intervention designed to implement hospital policies and procedures that support optimal breastfeeding practices. 

BFHI at BMC addresses three levels of the socioecologic model:  1) individual through written education materials and lactation support services; 2) interpersonal through the establishment of breastfeeding support groups, peer counselor relationships, and telephone support lines; and 3) organizational through written policies that support successful breastfeeding and through trainings inclusive of all hospital staff.