Want to have efficient support for breastfeeding right from the first moments of your precious little one is born? If you're planning to have a hospital birth, I suggest you do so in a Baby Friendly Hospital.
What is a Baby Friendly Hospital?
According to standards set by Unicef and the World Health Organisation, hospitals must fulfill ten criteras to gain baby-friendly accreditation. They must:
- Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all healthcare staff.
- Train all healthcare staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
- Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within half an hour of birth.
- Show mothers how to breastfeed and maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infant.
- Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk, not even sips of water, unless medically indicated.
- Practice rooming in. This means keeping mothers and their babies together at all times.
- Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
- Give no artificial teats or pacifiers to breastfeeding infants.
- Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic. Unicef