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Comment & Response
February 21, 2017

Evidence for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to Support Breastfeeding

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 2Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
  • 3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
JAMA. 2017;317(7):770-771. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.20832

To the Editor The Editorial by Drs Flaherman and Von Kohorn accompanying the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on primary care interventions to support breastfeeding asserted that systemic interventions such as the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) “should be reconsidered until good-quality evidence emerges that these interventions are safe and effective.”1