The Duke Endowment has awarded $5 million to the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute to expand their ENRICH Carolinas project.
Housed in the UNC Gillings School of Public Health, ENRICH Carolinas aims to ensure all maternity care hospitals and birthing centers in both North and South Carolina are working toward earning their Baby-Friendly designation, as established by the World Health Organization.
“There are ten steps to successful breastfeeding” said Catherine Sullivan, director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute and principal investigator of ENRICH Carolinas.
In order for an institution to earn the Baby-Friendly designation, they must implement all 10 steps. Under these steps, nurses are required to undergo 20 hours of breastfeeding education — five of which involve hands-on learning. In addition, physicians and nurse practitioners are required to have completed three hours of training.
The three major disciplines covered during this training are prenatal care, hospital practice and childcare. It is essential that caregivers are able to effectively educate mothers about the implications of their choice to breastfeed or not.