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Policy

The following Breastfeeding Policy is to be put in the clinics and hospitals that promote breastfeeding. This policy is also available in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarathi. You can download the policy in the language you desire by clicking on any of the links given at the end of this policy.

Guidelines for Mothers on Breastfeeding

Based on the
'TEN STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL BREASTFEEDING' BY W.H.O & UNICEF

[Family members are requested to help mothers to follow the guidelines]

Guidance on baby care, the importance & technique of Breastfeeding is
offered before & after delivery (Pre-delivery & Post-delivery Counselling).
Our staff is trained to help you to breastfeed successfully.
Do not give glucose/jaggery/sugar/plain water or honey before the first breastfeed (No Prelacteal feeds).
Soon after delivery hold your baby close to give skin to skin body contact in the delivery room & also start breastfeeding within half an hour of delivery (Early contact & Breastfeeding).
Colostrum, the breastmilk during the first 2-3 days after delivery, though scanty, is highly nutritious, protective & also sufficient for the baby.
Always keep your baby with you in the same bed (Bedding In).
Breastfeed whenever your baby is hungry & without any restriction of time (Demand Feeding).

Before discharge from the maternity home learn to hold and position the baby properly & comfortably while breastfeeding. Also learn to express breastmilk & store it.

Do not give your baby gripe water, balkadu, glucose water or tonics for teething.
Give only breastmilk till the baby is about 6 months old (Exclusive Breastfeeding). Water, top milk, honey, vitamins and almonds should not be given during this period.
At about 6 months of age gradually introduce soft home made weaning foods in small quantities frequently. However, continue to breastfeed atleast till the second birthday.
Do not use bottle, pacifiers, milkpowder or baby food (free or subsidised samples of these items are not allowed in maternity homes. Their advertisement in any form is also prohibited here).
Do not apply any cream on sore or cracked nipples.
For any breastfeeding problem, kindly consult the doctor or our Mother Support Group (MSG) Counselor even after discharge. Their phone numbers are generally available with the reception/front desk of the maternity home.

Adopted as 'BREASTFEEDING POLICY' for the MATERNITY HOMES by:

Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI), Maharashtra State Branch
Rotary Club of Bombay Goregaon (W).
Pediatricians & Obstetricians under MSG Project.

To download a policy in any of the available languages, select the desired policy language, save to your hard-disk and then print the policy. You could display the policy in your clinic or hospital.

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