Diseases & National Health Programme
Which of the following is false regarding baby friendly hospital initiative recommendations:
|A||Mother and infant to remain together 24 hours a day|
|B||Exclusive breastfeeding should be promoted till 4-6 months of age|
|C||Mother initiates breastfeeding within 4 hours after normal delivery|
|D||Newborn baby should not begin with food or Drink|
(Ref: Park 22nd edition; Pg-499)
Baby friendly hospital Initiative is created and promoted by WHO and UNICEF to encourage the proper infant 'feeding practices, starting at birth.
The global baby friendly hospital initiative has listed ten steps which the hospital must fulfill. They include:
a. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
b. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
c. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
d. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within half hour of birth
e. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infant.
f. Give newborn infant no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
g. Practice rooming in-allow mothers and infants to remain together for 24 hours.
h. Encourage breastfeeding on demand
i. Give no artificial teats or pacifiers like dummies or soothers to breastfeeding infants
j. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mother to them on discharge from the hospital