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Research and project reports related to implementing and sustaining Baby Friendly practices in Ireland

Produced by participating hospitals and Irish based researchers. To include your work contact@babyfriendly.ie  

Interventions that promote increased breastfeeding rates and breastfeeding duration among women - An umbrella review, commissioned by the Minister for Health. Sutton M, O’Donoghue E, Keane M, Farragher L, Long J. Health Research Board, Dublin 2016.  

Introduction of a structured system to deliver and dispose of infant formula to reduce cost, waste and to better support the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes. Cite as: Woodcock, M. (2016) Introduction of a structured system to deliver and dispose of infant formula to reduce cost, waste and to better support the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes, St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny.http://www.babyfriendly.ie/research.htm  

A structured, focussed, multimodal approach to enhance breastmilk production has shown potential for producing positive end outcomes, particularly, a significant reduction in duration of hospitalisation. Cite as:Healy DB, Brennan AM, O'Donovan R, Daly V, Doolan A, Dempsey EM. (2016). Structured promotion of breastmilk expression is associated with shortened hospitalisation for very preterm infants. Acta Paediatr, 105:e252-e256. doi: 10/1111/apa.13399.

Clinical Audit of Midwives’ Documentation of Skin-To-Skin Contact on Delivery Suite. Cite as: Healy, F (2016) Clinical Audit of Midwives’ Documentation of Skin-To-Skin Contact on Delivery Suite. University College Cork. http://www.babyfriendly.ie/research.htm  

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative makes a difference Cite as: Becker, GE. Does the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative make a difference in Ireland?  National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin, 6 (4), 43, Feb 2013. http://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/Leadership_Education_Development/National_Institute_of_Health_Sciences/Research_Bulletin/Research_Bulletin_Archive/v6i4.pdf

Hospitals can save money and reduce preception of marketing by monitoring formula use. Cite as: Doyle, A & Barry, M (2014) Monitoring Formula Use in Cavan Monaghan General Hospital, audit report to BFHI. http://www.babyfriendly.ie/research.htm  

Low cost techniques of milk expression are effective. Cite as: Becker GE, Smith HA, Cooney F.Methods of milk expression for lactating women. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD006170. Final published version available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD006170.pub4/abstract

Why mothers cease breastfeeding before discharge. Cite as: Doyle, A & Barry, M (2015) Why mothers stop breastfeeding before discharge from hospital: a quality review. Cavan Monaghan General Hospital http://www.babyfriendly.ie/research.htm

The hospitalised lactating mother: guidelines. Cite as: Thompson G (2008) The hospitalised lactating mother: guidelines for AMNCH. BFHI Link Issue 33 http://www.babyfriendly.ie/research.htm  

A "NEC Free NICU" Through Breastfeeding Quality Improvement Project (QIP). Cite as: Philip R, Ismail A, QuinnC, Dunworth M, Hannigan A, O'Leary M. Abstract from the 6th Excellence in Pediatrics Annual Conference December 4–6, 2014; Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Regional Maternity Hospital Limerick  http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/135/Supplement_1/S13.1.full.pdf+html

Materials Used to Educate Women in Irish Maternity Hospitals:Survey Findings. Cite as: O'Leary M, Hynes M, Mahon M. (2010) Regional Maternity Hospital Limerick and Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe. BFHI Link Issue 46. http://www.babyfriendly.ie/research.htm

Change in practice: Caring for infants of mothers with diabetes on the postnatal ward improves breastfeeding. Cite as: Hynes M, O'Leary M, Moloney Y (2012) Breastfeeding and Diabetes:A Change in practice. Regional Maternity Hospital Limerick  http://www.babyfriendly.ie/research.htm   

Antenatal posters improve retention of information. Cite as: South Tipperary Maternity Services 2015. http://www.babyfriendly.ie/research.htm 

Implementing Maternal-Infant Skin-to-Skin Contact Following Caesarean Birth:BFHI Step 4 Cite as: Mahon M, Joyce P (2015) Implementing Maternal-Infant Skin-to-Skin Contact Following Caesarean Birth:BFHI Step 4, Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe.  http://www.babyfriendly.ie/research.htm

Effects of lactation support on the initiation and establishment of breastfeeding for first time mothers in an Irish maternity hospital setting. Cite as: O’Donovan R. To investigate the effects of lactation support on the initiation and establishment of breastfeeding for first time mothers in an Irish maternity hospital setting. Abstract MPH thesis UCC. Cork University Maternity Hospital  http://www.babyfriendly.ie/research.htm

 BFHI activities link with Quality and Best Practice Programmes and the National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare

Each year hospitals participating in the BFHI develop and carry out an action plan of their choice to improve care and to better implement the standards of the Baby Friendly Health Initiative. Often these activities are linked with quality initiatives, Productive Ward, Best Practice awards, and other programmes.The reports of these actions can also show evidence of achieving the National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare. 

Some examples of recent activities are briefly described below:

Exploring tongue-tie – an audit and a workshop. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital  Read more
Milk Expression initiative. Cork University Maternity Hospital. Read more
Commence use of an individual care plan when a problem is identified with infant feeding and lactation in postnatal wards.University Maternity Hospital Limerick   Read more
Linking BFHI activities with the National Standards for Safer Better Health Care. Cork University Maternity Hospital  Read more
Auditing helps maintain standards: Skin to Skin post C-section. Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise  Read more
 

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