Friday, July 30, 2010

August 1-7 Is World Breastfeeding Week

This year's theme is "Breastfeeding; Just 10 Steps! The "Ten Step" theme commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration developed by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Research shows that implementation of just some of the 10 steps recommended for maternity facilities improve breastfeeding initiation and duration rates. The Ten Steps recommended are:

  • Have a written breastfeeding policy;
  • Train healthcare staff in necessary skills to implement the policy;
  • Inform pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding;
  • Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within 60 minutes after birth;
  • Show mothers how to breastfeed and maintain lactation;
  • Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated;
  • Practice 24 hour rooming-in;
  • Encourage breastfeeding on demand;
  • Give no artificial teats or pacifiers;
  • Refer mothers to support groups on discharge from the facility.


For more information on breastfeeding, here are some helpful articles: