Promoting Breast-feeding in Health Facilities
A Short Course for Administrators and Policy-makers
Document prepared by the WHO Division on Nutrition
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Order Number    19300100 Format    E-book collection (PDF)
Price    CHF    180.00 / US$    216.00 Developing countries:    CHF    126.00
English     1996        391   pages
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An innovative teaching resource consisting of a collection of eight training modules, complete with slides and handouts, for use in a short course intended to help administrators and policy-makers promote breast-feeding in health facilities. The course aims to make decision-makers in hospitals and maternity wards aware of specific policy and administrative changes that can have a major impact on breast-feeding practices. The course also contains abundant practical advice on how to introduce changes in a given setting.
In line with common time constraints, the course consists of eight modules that can be presented over a maximum of twelve hours. Material in the first module helps participants review the current infant feeding situation in their own country and understand practices that affect breast-feeding rates. Subsequent modules discuss the advantages of breast-feeding and the disadvantages of artificial feeding, describe the "Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative", and explain the scientific basis for the recommended "Ten steps to successful breast-feeding".
The remaining modules offer extensive practical advice on how to make a health facility baby-friendly. Topics discussed include the costs - and savings - of breast-feeding promotion, use of a self-appraisal tool to assess the effectiveness of current policies and practices, and the development of written plans for introducing changes in individual health facilities.