Adapted from the Ten Steps for Baby-Friendly Hospitals, the Seven Points are evidence-based best practice standards developed by UNICEF UK to enable improved practice in community health care in order to promote, protect and support breastfeeding. The Seven Point Plan has been revised in 2008.
FOR SUSTAINING BREASTFEEDING IN THE COMMUNITY
- Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all healthcare staff.
- Train all staff involved in the care of mothers and babies in the skills necessary to implement the policy.
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
- Support mothers to initiate and maintain breastfeeding.
- Encourage exclusive and continued breastfeeding, with appropriately-timed introduction of complementary foods.
- Provide a welcoming atmosphere for breastfeeding families.
- Promote co-operation between healthcare staff, breastfeeding support groups and the local community.