RN AS HEALTHCARE POLICY LEADER
Evidence-based practice supports the nurse’s excellence in services of being committed to the delivery of daily practice that impacts on health care policy. There are various recommendations and findings from experts relating to workplace support for breastfeeding mothers. The guidelines are a tool in assisting individualized care to theses mothers and ensuring that workplaces follow the appropriate structures and give the best support for mothers in providing the best possible care to their children. As a Registered Nurse, I am aware that the recommendations and guidelines provided by experts about breastfeeding support are not only for nurses, but they also support the community-wide endeavor and interdisciplinary teams. The development panel has the consensus that that baby at the breast is the best practice, and the aim of this paper is to communicate the best nursing practices I can communicate to workplaces about breastfeeding support (Lawrence, & Lawrence, 2013).
The Baby-Friendly™ Hospital Initiative (BFHI) provides directions to healthcare facilities to meet ten steps o promoting breastfeeding. First is that each hospital should have a breastfeeding policy that communicates to its healthcare staff routinely. All healthcare staff should have the skills required in implementing this policy. The hospital will also inform all pregnant mothers of the management and benefits of breastfeeding. The hospital will also assist mothers to initiate breastfeeding after thirty minutes of birth. The hospital staff will show mothers how to breastfeed and maintain lactation even after resuming work or any other activity that separates them from their infants. The mothers will receive the information that they should not give their infants any drink of food other than breast milk for the first six months unless indicated by the medical doctors. Mothers are also recommended to practice rooming-in to enable infants and mothers stay together for 24 hours a day. Mothers are also encouraged to feed their infants on demand. They should not give artificial pacifiers or artificial teeth to breastfeeding infants. As an RN I will foster the establishment of support groups for breastfeeding and refer mothers to these groups that they can visit after discharge from hospital (Nursing Best Practice Guidelines, 2003).
For the workplace, I will play an active role in ensuring that they have the best support systems and facilities such as mother and baby areas and daycare facilities where mothers can breastfeed their infants comfortably. I will also promote community action on activities of breastfeeding such as providing information to employers on the importance of breastfeeding. For instance, I will inform employers that when they provide their working mothers a time to breastfeed they will less likely seek leaves and time off duty in taking care of their sick children. It is because breastfeeding is a vital means to boost the infants’ immunity. I will teach employers how to provide a conducive environment to enable these mothers to continue with breastfeeding even after resuming work. With many mothers facing dilemmas on how to continue breastfeeding as they resume work, it is crucial that the work environment should support breastfeeding. Thus, modification in the workplace is necessary so that the mothers have supportive facilities. Finally, I will educate the public and professionals on their responsibilities under the practices of unethical marketing and WHO on the use of formula or artificial breast milk as not the substitution of natural breast milk. Thus, mothers in the workplace should continue breastfeeding their infants (Keim, 2013).
Keim, S., Hogan, J, McNamara, K, Gudimetla, V., Dillon, C, Kwiek, J, & Geraghty, S(2013). Microbial contamination of human milk purchased via the Internet. Pediatrics, 132(5), e1227-e1235
Lawrence, R, & Lawrence, R (2013). Breastfeeding: A guide for the medical profession (7th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders
Nursing Best Practice Guidelines (2003). Breastfeeding Best Practice Guidelines for Nurses. http://rnao.ca/sites/rnao-ca/files/Breastfeeding_Best_Practice_Guidelines_for_Nurses.pdf