The following statement is from a joint World
Health Organization/UNICEF document published in 1989 by WHO,
Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn
- Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated
to all health care staff.
- Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management
- 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 breastmilk,
unless medically indicated.
- Practice rooming-in: allow mothers and infants to remain together
24 hours a day.
- Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
- Give no artifical 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.
Formerly part of
The Baby Friendly Hospital