Patient Handouts

The below resources are great for families, physicians and hospital staff.

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. 

Recommended Links for Patient Handouts

OBRC's Collection of Patient Handouts

All of the below PDFs can be downloaded free of charge! 

These PDFs can also be purchased in bulk at the University of Oklahoma's Online Marketplace page (Tax exempt? Click here!). 

Please allow 7-10 business days for printing, plus an additional 3 business days for shipping.

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