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Island Wide Joint Breast Feeding Policy – Breast is Best 7 August 2007

The Department of Health and Social Security, in partnership with Midwives, Health Visitors, Paediatricians and Public Health, have formulated an Island wide joint breast feeding policy.

The policy will work alongside in-house breast feeding training to create a unified approach to enable health professionals and mothers to give and receive clear and impartial information on breast feeding and its health benefits and avoidance of conflicting advice.

The policy will encourage liaison with all health care professionals to ensure a seamless delivery of care, together with the development of a breastfeeding culture throughout the local community.

Mrs. Pamela M Crowe, MLC, Member for Health, said

“I am delighted that through multi-agency working this policy will support health professionals in their role of educating women and their families of the importance of breast feeding and reinforcing that this is the healthiest way for a woman to feed her baby”

Jane Sloane Head of Midwifery said:

“The evidence based policy is based on the ‘ten steps to successful breastfeeding’ developed by UNICEF and WHO and will provide guidance for health professionals to enable them to improve practice in order to promote, protect and support breast feeding”

Sue Porter, Manager for Health Visiting added:

“This policy will be applauded by midwives and health visitors as all babies deserve the best start in life. Breast feeding not only improves physical health by reducing disease but lays foundations for future emotional well being”.

The policy will be launched on the 10th September 2007 at the Salvation Citadel, Douglas, 10 am – 12 midday.

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