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10 steps to successful breastfeeding

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  1. Have a written breast-feeding policy routinely communicated to health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women of the benefits of breastfeeding and how to carry it out successfully.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within a half-hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain the flow of breastmilk even if they should be separated from their infants.
  6. Give newborn infants no food and drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming-in allowing mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (i.e dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.