Online Program

Changing System to Support Breastfeeding: Baby Friendly Hospital Policy Implementation- Part 1

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Jennifer Hamilton-Gilpin, MHA, BSN, RN, Maternal-Child, SIH-Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
Since the 1960’s, rates of overweight and obese American children have steadily and significantly increased. Preventing children from becoming overweight/obese is the most effective way for parents to significantly reduce the risk of their children developing many life-threatening diseases as adults. We will discuss and explain how breastfeeding and a Baby Friendly designation can decrease childhood obesity.  We will discuss our successful implementation of Baby Friendly policies and procedures in a regional hospital in rural Illinois.  We will focus on the lessons learned and the factors that contributed to our success.

Learning Areas:

Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the impact of the increase of childhood obesity in America and the relationship between breastfeeding and prevention of childhood obesity.

Keyword(s): Policy/Policy Development, Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have 8 years’ experience managing a maternal child department within a hospital setting. During this time frame I have developed a mentorship program focusing on team building, conflict management, and problem solving.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.