Basic Breastfeeding Information

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10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
  6. Give infants no food or drink other than breast-milk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming in - allow mothers and infants to remain together 24hrs a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or birth center. 

Informational Handouts

Step 3: Inform all pregnant women about the benefits/management of breastfeeding

Step 4: Care Immediately After Birth

Step 5: Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers

Step 6: Give no food/drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated

Step 7: Rooming-In

Step 8: Responsive Feeding

Step 9: Give no artificial nipples

Step 10: Discharging and Community Support