Improving breastfeeding support through the implementation of the baby friendly hospital and community initiatives: a scoping review protocol [version 1; peer review: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]
Background: Improved breastfeeding practices have the potential to save the lives of over 823,000 children under 5 years old globally every year. Exclusively breastfeeding infants for the first six months would lead to the largest infant mortality reduction. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global campaign by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), which promotes best practice to support breastfeeding in maternity services. The Baby-Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI) is an extension of the BHFI’s 10th step of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and of the BFHI overall. Its focus is on community-based breastfeeding supports for women.
There have been no known attempts to synthesise the overall body of evidence on the BFHI in recent years, and no synthesis of empirical research on the BFCI. This scoping review asks the question: what is known about the implementation of the BFHI and the BFCI globally?
Methods and analysis: This scoping review will be conducted according to the Joanna Briggs Institute methodology for scoping reviews. Inclusion criteria will follow the Population, Concepts, Contexts approach. A data charting form will be developed and applied to all the included studies. Qualitative and quantitative descriptive analysis will be undertaken. In order to address equity of access to the BFHI/BFCI, the Levesque et al. (2013) access to health care framework will be used as a lens to analyse the charted data in relation to this aspect of the review. An already established group of stakeholders with experience of infant feeding policy and implementation in Malawi will be consulted, to obtain expert views on the findings of the scoping review.
Conclusion: This review will establish gaps in current evidence which will inform areas for future research in relation to this global initiative.
Irish Research Council, with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland, under the COALESCE Research Fund 2018 (COALESCE/2019/89
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Published CitationWalsh A, Pieterse P, McCormack Z, Chirwa E, Matthews A. Improving breastfeeding support through the implementation of the baby friendly hospital and community initiatives: a scoping review protocol [version 1; peer review: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations] HRB Open Res. 2021;4:1
Publication Date4 January 2021
- Public Health and Epidemiology
PublisherF1000 Research Ltd