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BFHI Documents

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is part of the Baby Friendly Aotearoa Programme. The BFHI criteria for Aotearoa New Zealand are based on the UNICEF/WHO Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative: Revised and Updated 2018. The global assessment tool forms the basis of the audit and accreditation procedure for all countries. In New Zealand amendments and clarifications to the accreditation documents have been made and the format of the documents differ.

The BFHI documents for New Zealand are presented in three sections.

Below the full document is available as a downloadable PDF, or alternatively, each part is available as a stand-alone PDF.


BFHI Documents 2020


Section One:  General Information

Part 1: Background and Baby Friendly Implementation in Aotearoa New Zealand

Part 2: Criteria/Standards


Section Two:  BFHI Service Provider Information

Part 3A: Background Information for BFHI Audit

Part 3B: Pre-Audit Questionnaire

Part 4: Breastfeeding Resources for Aotearoa New Zealand

Part 5: Self-Assessment Tool

Part 6: Audit Questions Outline


Section Three:  Auditor Information

Guide for External Auditors (only availabe to NZBA auditors)


Throughout the various parts in the document there are research findings to support the BFHI programme. All reference articles used can be found in Part 4: Breastfeeding Resources for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Details here on:

Getting Started for a new Service

The Baby Friendly Hospital Accreditation Process

Wai 2575 findings, the inclusion of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and principles for your Breastfeeding Policy

If you have any questions please contact NZBA BFI Coordinator:  [email protected]