World Breastfeeding Week is almost upon us. This annual event kicks off on August 1, 2010 and runs through the...
World Breastfeeding Week is almost upon us. This annual event kicks off on August 1, 2010 and runs through the 7th. In honor of this year's World Breastfeeding Week 2010 campaign, The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust, in association with UNICEF Maharashtra, has produced a new 10 step website and a 10 step video series to support mamas and families who want to breastfeed.
- Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
- Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
- Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within a half-hour of birth.
- Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they should be separated from their infants.
- Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated.
- Practice rooming- in - allow mothers and infants to remain together - 24 hours a day.
- Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
- Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants.
- Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.