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Support Breastfeeding

Ten Steps for Nurturing the Future
Following are Ten simple ways to support and promote breastfeeding:

  1. HUMAN RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
    Ensure that the human rights to and the responsibility for food
    security, for good health and a safe environment, particularly for women
    and children, are fully observed in order to protect, promote and
    support breastfeeding, and sound infant and young child nutrition.

  2. FOOD SECURITY
    Enable all women to practise exclusive breastfeeding from birth to about
    six months of age. Enable continued breastfeeding and appropriate
    complementary foods for up to two years of age or beyond, contributing
    to household food security. Strengthen government and citizens' actions
    that ensure adequate maternal nutrition and food security for all l
    Encourage production and use of appropriate indigenous complementary
    foods.

  3. WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT
    Develop innovative social support systems for all mothers, including
    adequate maternity legislation. Strengthen women's role in
    decision-making at all levels and provide accurate information about
    infant and young child feeding.

  4. COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
    Encourage the development of community support groups, including
    mother-to-mother support groups. Involve fully the community, including
    citizen groups, religious leaders and policy makers in educational
    partnership processes that empower all people to improve infant and
    young child nutrition, and thereby their own lives.

  5. BABY-FRIENDLY CULTURES
    Ensure that the practices recommended in the 'Ten Steps to Successful
    Breastfeeding' as elaborated in the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
    (BFHI) are implemented throughout the health care system and by
    traditional birth attendants. Expand the "baby-friendly" concept to
    antenatal clinics, primary health care services, work places and
    communities, creating an environment where every mother can naturally
    and easily breastfeed.
  1. INTEGRITY
    Refuse any gifts, sponsorship or support from manufacturers of infant
    feeding products and accessories. Condemn advertising that exploits
    women's bodies and the use of products that cause waste and harm the
    environment.

  2. INTERNATIONAL CODE
    Push for the implemention of the International Code of Marketing of
    Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent relevant World Health Assembly
    Resolutions through the adoption and enforcement of strong national
    legislation or regulations. Protect consumers and healthworkers from
    misleading commercial promotion, free trade excesses and misinformation
    about Codex Alimentarius provisions.

  3. CAPACITY BUILDING
    Develop the capacity of health and childcare workers, nutritionists,
    government officials, social workers, citizen groups and the community
    in general to understand breastfeeding and sound infant and young child
    nutrition needs. Ensure that primary health care staff, nurses,
    midwives, doctors, specialists and other health workers have adequate
    training in breastfeeding and sound infant and young child nutrition and
    support the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes,
    related resolutions and other appropriate international instruments.

  4. ADVOCACY
    Advocate for the implementation of sound national infant and young child
    feeding policies which include the promotion, protection and support of
    breastfeeding and the timely use of appropriate complementary foods.
    Involve the media and citizens groups in creating social pressure for
    behavioural change towards supporting breastfeeding and sound infant and
    young child nutrition. Influence policies and an economic, social,
    political and physical environment that nurtures sustainable human
    development.

  5. NETWORKING
    Contribute to the creation of local and national networks of
    organisations, individuals and govern-ment agencies working for sound
    infant and young child feeding, and broader issues of child care. Link
    and integrate these networks with regional and international movements
    from all sectors of civil society that seek to nurture a sustainable
    future.

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