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Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

The Indiana State Department of Health is committed to helping all 91 birthing hospitals and birth centers in Indiana achieve Baby-Friendly designation. Currently, Indiana has six Baby-Friendly hospitals. A key objective in Healthy People 2020 is to increase the proportion of live births that occur in facilities that provide recommended care for lactating mother and their babies. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is an international model of this recommended care.

What is Baby-Friendly?

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and implemented in the United States by
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA). The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative recognizes and awards birthing facilities which successfully implement the
Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the
International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes. The BFHI assists hospitals in providing all mothers with the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely, and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so.

Why do we promote Baby-Friendly?

Hospitals play a critical role in a mother's success in breastfeeding initiation and in helping mothers continue to breastfeed after leaving their facilities. The BFHI focus is to make sure evidence-based maternity policies and practices are in place to support mothers who breastfeed their babies. Data show that, when the BFHI is implemented, exclusive breastfeeding rates increase overall, regardless of a mother's race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.

The BFHI is a key strategy to meet the
Healthy People 2020 Objectives for Maternal, Infant, and Child Health related to breastfeeding, including those in the following table.

In addition, the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (2011) includes a call to improve maternity care practices. The Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Core Measures also includes an “Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding” Performance Measure.

We are proud to recognize these outstanding health care facilities for their commitment to world class maternity care:

Community Hospital of Anderson, Anderson, IN (05/05)

Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus, IN (08/14)

IU Goshen Hospital, Goshen, IN (09/10

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, IN (12/08) Re-Designated 2013-2018

IU Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN (12/02) Re-Designated 2013-2018

IU Health-Bloomington, Bloomington, IN

Division of Nutrition & Physical Activity (DNPA)

The Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA) addresses the problems of poor nutrition, sedentary behaviors, and obesity and other chronic diseases in Indiana.

The role of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity is to:

  • Provide statewide leadership for priority nutrition and physical activity policies and environmental changes across all settings and special populations
  • Serve as a central coordinating body for all nutrition- and physical activity-related activities for the state of Indiana with a focus on increasing collaboration and sharing of resources and reducing duplication
  • In collaboration with partners, plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive state plan to promote nutrition and physical activity and prevent overweight, obesity and related chronic diseases
  • Serve as a resource and provide technical assistance as needed to statewide partners
  • Leverage and increase local, state, and federal investment and resources for nutrition and physical activity promotion
  • Maintain a comprehensive surveillance system for the ongoing, systematic collection of nutrition, physical activity, and obesity data as well as policy and environmental change information

The DNPA At A Glance 2011

Overweight and Obesity Fact Sheet

For more information or to contact staff:

Indiana State Department of Health
Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Telephone: 317-233-1325