WBW 2010 – Just 10 Steps Breastfeeding
- Health care facilities play a vital role in the establishment of breastfeeding.
- The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding provide a supportive pathway enabling women to achieve their breastfeeding intentions and guiding the training of healthcare workers in breastfeeding support.
- World Breastfeeding Week this year commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration that called for implementation of the Ten Steps in all maternity facilities.
- During these 20 years, more than 20,000 maternities, or about 28% of all maternities in the world, have fully implemented the Ten Steps and have been certified by the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).
- During this time, rates of exclusive breastfeeding have increased significantly.
- However, reduced BFHI programming worldwide, inadequate training, and weakened compliance with the Ten Steps in accredited maternities are contributing to stagnant or declining exclusive breastfeeding rates in many settings.
- It is time to revisit this approach and to determine where we must go from here.
- To increase attention to the contribution of the Ten Steps to exclusive breastfeeding.
- To revitalise activities within health systems, and among healthcare providers and communities to support women to achieve their breastfeeding intentions.
- To inform people everywhere that protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding is a mother’s right, a child’s right, and a human right.
- To enable women and all who care about human rights to fight for healthcare systems which support breastfeeding.
- To ensure that health workers who care for mothers and babies are adequately trained to counsel and support them in optimal infant feeding.
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