The Family Birthplace follows standards of care that ensure our families receive correct, current information to help them choose a method for feeding their baby. These practice standards are a vital link between what a mother learns prior to and after the birth of her baby. As a result, we are better able to meet the needs of families however they choose to feed their baby.
If you decide to breastfeed, Family Birthplace staff is able to competently and compassionately provide information, encouragement, support and assistance, before, during and after the birth of your baby.
As part of our continuing efforts to support breastfeeding families, the Family Birthplace incorporates the World Health Organization’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding into the care we provide:
Maintain 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 one hour of birth.
Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
Give 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 unrestricted breastfeeding.
Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.