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What Baby Friendly Means?

(The Government of South Africa)
Every facility providing maternity services that care for new-born 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 the 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 how to maintian lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.
  • Give new born infants no milk feeds or water other than breastmilk, unless indicated for a medical reason.
  • Allow mothers and infants to remain together 24-hours a day from birth.
  • Encourage natural breastfeeding frequently and on demand.
  • Not give or encourage the use of artificial teats or dummies to breastfeeding infants.
  • Promote the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to these on discharge from hospital or clinic.
The content on this page was last updated on 15 March 2014