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Step 10 - Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
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Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:

Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.

Mothers breastfeeding should be explored for their plans for infant feeding after discharge. They should also be able to describe one thing that has been recommended to ensure that they will be linked to a breastfeeding support group (if adequate support is not available in their own families) or report that the hospital will provide follow-up support on breastfeeding if needed.

The nursing officer in charge of the maternity ward should be aware of any breastfeeding support groups in the local area and, if there are any, describe a way mothers are referred to them. Alternatively, she or he should be able to describe a system of follow-up support for all breastfeeding mothers after they are discharged (early postnatal or lactation clinic checkup, home visit, telephone call).

Breastfeeding support groups are often part of a community nutrition strategy. Peer counsellors are women from the community who receive training in breastfeeding support. They often contact mothers in their homes. They are very effective in increasing exclusive breastfeeding.

After the mother is discharged from the hospital, she needs much support to breastfeed. She may have doubts if she was producing enough milk or she may have problems like engorgement or sore nipples. Hence, the tenth step recommends to either put the mother in touch with a breastfeeding support group or to help her have free access to someone in the hospital for advice as and when required.

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