Mississippi Breastfeeding Coalition

Mississippi WIC Program
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215

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You know that breast milk is best for your baby, but did you know that there are specific things that hospitals can do to get you and your baby off to a good start with breastfeeding? Ask your hospital to do these things for you when you give birth.

  1. Does your birth facility or hospital have a policy that states all babies born there should routinely be breastfed and not formula fed?
  2.   Are all staff trained on this policy and will they be supportive of breastfeeding?
  3. Will you be informed of the benefits of breastfeeding and breastfeeding basics?
  4.  Will you be allowed to breastfeed within the first hour after your baby is born?
  5.  Will you be shown how to breastfeed and shown how to use a breast pump if you need one?
  6. Will your baby be given only breastmilk and nothing else unless medically necessary?
  7.  Will your baby be allowed to stay in your room 24 hours a day?
  8. Will you be encouraged to breastfeed on demand rather than following a strict schedule?
  9. Does the facility restrict or monitor the use of pacifiers?
  10.  Will you be given breastfeeding resources upon discharge?

The more times you hear a “yes” to these questions, the more likely it is that breastfeeding will go well for you and your baby at the hospital and the more likely you will be breastfeeding after hospital discharge.

These questions are part of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), an international program that recognizes hospitals and birth centers that have adopted specific policies and practices that enable parents to make informed choices about how they feed and care for their babies. Hospitals and birth centers that have implemented the Ten Steps create an optimal environment for the initiation of breastfeeding. For more information about BFHI, visit www.babyfriendlyusa.org.

How does your hospital measure up?

Did you have a good hospital experience? Let the hospital know. Your input matters.

Was your hospital experience not-so-great? Let your hospital know.

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