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 breast-feed, 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 breast-feeding families, the Family Birthplace incorporates the World Health Organization’s Ten Steps to Successful Breast-feeding into the care we provide:
Maintain a written breast-feeding 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 breast-feeding.
Help mothers initiate breast-feeding within one hour of birth.
Show mothers how to breast-feed 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 breast-feeding.
Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breast-feeding infants.
Foster the establishment of breast-feeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.