The session looks at the Ten Steps to BabyFriendly and the science that supports this elevated level of care for the maternal-infant dyad. We will explore how the brain, microbiome, and epigenomic development is guided by breast/chestfeeding behavior, nutrition, and skin to skin. The Ten Steps shapes how attachment forms and attachment informs the biologic foundation for long-term health. The improved biological outcomes for mother and baby based on BFHI care will be addressed. Finally, how the Ten Steps influences family life post-hospital stay will be examined.
Objective #1: List two ways skin to skin alters the development of the newborn.
Objective #2: Identify at least two ways BFHI care alters attachment between the parent-baby dyad.
Objective #3: List at least one risk to the microbiome of formula supplementation to the newborn.