CONF 2016 WHO and the Baby Friendly Initiative

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WHO and the Baby Friendly Initiative

This presentation gives an overview of the current global status of the Baby Friendly Initiative and discusses the importance of optimal maternity care practices on breastfeeding success. Key challenges faced by countries to obtain and maintain Baby Friendly status are identified along with strategies for overcoming these challenges and achieving sustainable healthcare practices through interdisciplinary support networks. Also outlined are the formal WHO processes that is underway to systematically review the evidence and re-evaluate the 10 steps, as well as a call to action to ILCA members. 

Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour

Source: ILCA Conference 2016

Presented by: Larry Grummer-Strawn, MPA, MA, PhD

Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

• Describe the importance of optimal maternity care practices for success with breastfeeding • Describe the current status of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative • Describe ways to integrate Baby Friendly practices into sustainable health care improvements

Learning level: Beginner

Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below.

CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

CDR: The CDR accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the ANCC. When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as "ILCA (ANCC)."

Larry Grummer-Strawn


Laurence Grummer-Strawn is a technical officer at the World Health Organization, coordinating work on infant and young child feeding. Until December 2014, he served as chief of the Nutrition Branch at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Having earned his PhD from Princeton University, he worked at CDC for over 23 years, in the areas of Reproductive Health and Nutrition. He is an epidemiologist who has published over 160 scientific publications. Dr. Grummer-Strawn is widely known in the breastfeeding research and advocacy communities, serving as scientific editor of the US Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding, an executive committee member of the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation, and a liaison to the US Breastfeeding Committee. He is responsible for the CDC Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions, the CDC’s collection of breastfeeding data in the National Immunization Survey, the State Breastfeeding Report Card, and the CDC survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC). He was co-principle investigator of the second Infant Feeding Practices Study, a longitudinal study that followed mother-baby dyads monthly from the third trimester of pregnancy through the first year of life.


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1.00 L CERP credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 L CERP credit  |  Certificate available