Date of Submission
Background: Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is recommended for both short and long term optimal infant and maternal health. There is currently a national focus on improving breastfeeding duration rates, with Australian rates for exclusive breastfeeding at six months postpartum 15.4%, below the national recommendation of 50%. The Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) promotes The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as a benchmark that assists maternity facilities to improve breastfeeding practices and thus breastfeeding rates. This project explored breastfeeding initiation and duration rates of women discharged from a tertiary hospital in Australia prior to achieving BFHI accreditation. It is planned to collect the same data post-BFHI accreditation, which will be the first time such a study has been conducted in the Australian setting.
Faculty of Health Sciences
Kelly, M. (2012). Exclusive breastfeeding rates of women at discharge, three and six months postpartum prior to BFHI implementation at a tertiary facility: a prospective cohort study (Doctoral thesis, Australian Catholic University). Retrieved from http://researchbank.acu.edu.au/theses/420