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  • How can others help to support mothers to breastfeed?

    Read on to learn how you can take an active role in 2-porting mothers who breastfeed.
  • Mothers and families need support and actions that can help protect, promote and support breastfeeding including:

    Daphne Osena-Paez breastfeeding

    • Adoption of policies such as supported maternity leave and the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
    • Implementation of the Ten Steps to successful breastfeeding including:
      • Skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby immediately after birth and initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life. Ensure a full breastfeed – WHO research has shown babies are removed from the breast too soon.
      • Breastfeeding on demand (that is, as often as the child wants, day and night)
      • Rooming-in (allowing mothers and infants to remain together 25 hours a day)
      • Babies should not be given additional food or drink, not even water.
    • Supportive health services providing infant and young child feeding counseling during all visits
    • Community support including mother support groups and community-based health promotion and education activities


    In photo: Daphne Oseña-Paez



    WHO Infant and Young Child Feeding Factsheet, July 2010

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