Did You Know?
- As of March 2017, 20% of U.S. babies are born in hospitals that are designated Baby-Friendly
- Breastfeeding for 9 months reduces a baby’s odds of becoming overweight by more than 30%
- Even mothers who want to breastfeed have a hard time without hospital support; about 1 mother in 3 stops early without it
World Health Organization & UNICEF
Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
Every facility providing maternity services & care for newborn infants should:
- 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 breastfeeding.
- Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
- Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain lactation even if they are separated from their infants.
- Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
- Practice rooming-in: allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
- Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
- Give no rubber nipples or pacifiers to breastfeeding infants.
- Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups, and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.