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Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

  • Have a written breastfeeding policy.
  • Train all healthcare staff to implement this policy.
  • Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  • Help mothers start breastfeeding with one hour of their child's birth.
  • Show mothers how to breastfeed and maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
  • Do not give infants food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
  • Allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  • Encourage unrestricted breastfeeding.
  • Do not give pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
  • Promote breastfeeding support groups.