Health Care for ECD
Guideline: protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services

A guideline commissioned by the WHO provides global, evidence-informed recommendations on protection, promotion and support for breastfeeding in facilities that provide maternity and newborn services as a public health intervention, to protect, promote, and support optimal breastfeeding practices, and improve nutrition, health and development outcomes. 

Who is it for? 

For use by a wide audience, including policy-makers, their expert advisers, and technical and programme staff at government institutions and organisations involved in the design, implementation and scaling-up of programmes for infant and young child feeding. The guideline may also be used by health-care professionals, clinicians, universities and training institutions, to disseminate information. 

Why is it useful? 

  • The guideline examines each of the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” practices to bring together evidence and considerations to inform practice. The guideline's scope is limited to specific practices that could be implemented in facilities providing maternity and newborn services to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. 
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