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Table 1 Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding updated in 2018 [6]

From: Perspectives about the baby friendly hospital/health initiative in Australia: an online survey

Critical management procedures
1a.Comply with the Code and relevant resolutions.
1b.Have a written infant feeding policy that is routinely communicated to staff and parents.
1c.Establish ongoing monitoring and data management systems.
2.Ensure that staff have sufficient knowledge, competence and skills.
Key clinical practices
3.Discuss the importance and management of breastfeeding with pregnant women and their families.
4.Facilitate immediate and uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact and support mothers to initiate breastfeeding after birth.
5.Support mothers to initiate and maintain breastfeeding and manage common difficulties.
6.Do not provide breastfed newborns any food or fluids other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
7.Enable mothers and their infants to remain together and to practise rooming-in 24 h a day.
8.Support mothers to recognize and respond to their infant’s cues for feeding.
9.Counsel mothers on the use and risks of feeding bottles, teats and pacifiers.
10.Coordinate discharge so that parents and their infants have timely access to ongoing support and care.