mHealth and Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative for breastfeeding

28 Oct 14
Author(s)Archana Patel, Leena Dhande, Smita Puppalwar, and Priyanka Kuhite
Topic(s): Breastfeeding, Research, Small Grants Program
Location: India
Language(s): English
Audience: Policy makers and legislators, Program designers and implementers
Programs: Strategic use of data
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Cell phone-based breastfeeding counseling, coupled with retraining of hospital staff in the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative, increased rates of early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding in India. The goal of this project was to examine the effect on breastfeeding (BF) rates of providing mothers with cell phone-based BF counseling in addition to maternity hospital retraining in the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).

The goal of the Alive & Thrive (A&T) Grants Program (2009 to 2014) was to identify new solutions for scaling up effective and sustainable interventions to improve infant and young child feeding by linking research to program delivery. A&T awarded eight two-year grants in 2010 and four in 2011. The Grants Program was managed by the University of California, Davis.