Dr Muhammad Umer Bajwah, Dr Ayesha Younus, Dr Waqar Ahmad
Objectives: To determine the implementation of ten steps of BFHI in the randomly selected private and public hospitals/clinics of Lahore. Methods: It is a cross sectional study. Data was collected from multiple health setups from April to July 2019, by the researchers themselves. The prevalence of first two steps were filled by the researchers according to their personal analysis of staff’s preparedness toward the concern matter while the remaining 8 points were asked from the mothers and filled by researchers. Sample size was calculated by open epi and it was 225 with 95% of confidence level, 5% of margin of error and 80% power. Analysis of data was done by using statistical program SPSS. Results: It was observed that 60.8% of BFHI guideline is being carried out in various hospitals of Lahore. Conclusions: The maternity care practices in hospitals/clinics of Lahore have yet not started following the ‘10 steps to successful breastfeeding’ fully. Lack of resources, accountability on behalf of health staff and high patient load are key hurdles in implementation of these steps.