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Step 6 - Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
Step 6 - Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

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Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:

Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated.

For any breastfeeding babies being given food or drink other than breastmilk there should be acceptable medical reasons. No promotion for infant foods or drinks other than breastmilk should be displayed or distributed to mothers, staff, or the facility.

Families and health workers may believe that infants need pre-lacteal feeds of formula or glucose water or other drinks before their mother's milk "comes in." This may lead to failure to breastfeed. Infant formula and advertisements in maternities can mislead people on this important point. Breast milk is pure and complete, while giving babies water or other liquids can pose risks due to contaminated water.

The sixth step stresses that a newborn baby must not be given any food or drinks other than breast milk unless it is medically indicated. As the pregnant women are counseled in advance and the hospital staff is trained, we rarely have to give anything other than colostrums – the first breast milk to the babies.

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24 August, 2013

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