Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week

King Eddies celebrates Breastfeeding Week
August 22, 2018

Women and Newborn Health Service (WNHS) celebrated World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August) and joined more than 120 other countries throughout the world to promote and educate women about the benefits of breastfeeding.
Now in its 26th year, the theme for World Breastfeeding Week for 2018 was ‘Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life”.  
Breast Feeding Centre of WA, A/Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Catherine Hardwick, said all mothers are given the support to initiate and maintain breastfeeding at KEMH.
“King Edward Memorial Hospital is a Baby Friendly Health Initiative Accredited Hospital (BFHI), which means we adhere to practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding, even if mothers are separated from their baby,” she said.
“What better week, during World Breastfeeding Week, for us all to focus on the 10 steps to successful breastfeeding and support our new mothers to initiate breastfeeding and provide this valuable foundation for children.”
The Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) is an international joint project of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  Every three years, participating hospitals are assessed against the BFHI standards.  
The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding  
Step 1: Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff
Step 2: Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy
Step 3: Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding
Step 4: Place babies in skin-to-skin contact with their mothers immediately following birth for at least an hour and encourage mothers to  recognize when their babies are ready to breastfeed, offering help if needed.
Step 5: Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants
Step 6: Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated
Step 7: Practice rooming-in, allow mothers and infants to remain together-24 hours a day
Step 8: Encourage breastfeeding on demand
Step 9: Give no artificial teats or dummies to breastfeeding infants
Step 10: Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support and refer mothers on discharge from the facility.