Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants
- 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
- Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within half an 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
- Practise rooming-in - that is, 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
- Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers
to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.
Source: Protecting, Promoting and Supporting
Breastfeeding: The Special Role of Maternity Services, a joint WHO/UNICEF
statement published by the World Health