Ten steps to successful breastfeeding

Critical Management Procedures

Step 1

  1. Have a written infant feeding policy that is routinely communicated to staff and parents.
  2. Comply fully with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and relevant World Health Assembly Resolutions.
  3. Establish ongoing monitoring and data-management systems.


Step 2

Ensure that staff have sufficient knowledge, competence and skills to support breastfeeding.


Key Clinical Practices

Step 3

Discuss the importance and management of breastfeeding with pregnant women and their families.


Step 4

Facilitate immediate and uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact and support mothers to initiate breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth.


Step 5

Support mothers to initiate and maintain breastfeeding and manage common difficulties.


Step 6

Do not provide breastfed newborns any food or fluids other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.


Step 7

Enable mothers and their infants to remain together and to practice rooming-in 24 hours a day.


Step 8

Support mothers to recognise and respond to their infants’ cues for feeding.


Step 9

Counsel mothers on the use and risk of feeding bottles, teats and pacifiers.


Step 10

Coordinate discharge so that parents and their infants have timely access to ongoing support and care.

Last Updated: 17/12/2021