The 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
created by the World Health Organization and UNICEF ensure that maternity services provide a healthy start for every infant and the necessary support for mothers to breastfeed. Hospitals around the world follow the 10 Steps. The maternal and child health consultant for the Great Plains Area has created a model policy [PDF – 210 KB] for Indian Health Service hospitals. In addition, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
has developed a model policy in addition to the 10 Steps that obstetric facilities can adopt.
The baby-friendly designation process
involves accepting the 10 Steps and demonstrating through an intensive review process that policies and practices have been changed to support breastfeeding. The Indian Health Service is working to achieve the baby-friendly designation for 14 of its obstetric facilities. We’re encouraging tribal obstetric facilities to adopt this initiative as well.
Baby-Friendly® is a registered certification mark of UNICEF.
A Room of Their Own
Nursing mothers should have a dedicated space—a lactation room—in a clinic to be able to nurse their babies or to express milk. While there are no clinical requirements that we know of concerning what a lactation room should look like, there is a federal law that requires employers to provide a safe, private place for employees to be able to express milk.