BFHI Australia is aligned with the 2018 revised version of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. The Steps are now separated into Critical Management Procedures, which provide an enabling environment for sustainable implementation within the facility, and Key Clinical Practices, which delineate the care that each mother and baby should receive. The Key Clinical Practices are evidence-based interventions to support mothers to successfully establish breastfeeding.
Families must receive quality and unbiased information about infant feeding. Facilities providing maternity and newborn services have a responsibility to promote breastfeeding, but they must also respect the mother’s preferences and provide her with the information required to make an informed decision about the best feeding option for her and her baby in her particular circumstances. The facility has an obligation to support mothers to successfully feed their newborn infants in the manner they choose.
This updated guidance covers only those activities that are specifically pertinent to the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services. The care of small, sick and/or preterm newborn infants cannot be separated from that of full-term infants, as they both occur in the same facilities, often attended by the same personnel. As such, the care for these newborn infants in neonatal intensive care units or in regular maternity or newborn wards is now included in the scope of BFHI implementation.