Step 2 Standards
- All health-care staff should be orientated to the breastfeeding policy. New staff should be orientated within their first week of employment and then fully trained to implement the breastfeeding policy according to their role within six months.
- Written curricula that cover the Baby Friendly best practice standards should be available for all staff training.
- Breastfeeding training should be mandatory for all staff, and accurate records of attendance should be kept.
- Staff should be able to answer questions on basic breastfeeding management correctly.
Step 2 Assessment
Requirements at Stage 1:
- A written description of the mechanism for orientating new staff to the breastfeeding policy.
- The written curricula for all staff training which cover all Ten Steps and the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes effectively.
- A written description of the mechanism for allocating staff to attend training and for recording attendance at training.
Requirements at Stage 2:
- Records to confirm that all new staff have been orientated to the policy and that all staff have received training.
- Staff to answer correctly a range of questions on basic breastfeeding management.
To find out about the training provided by the Baby Friendly Initiative, click on the Training tab in the menu. For more information on how to plan and deliver your own in-house training programme, click Guidance on writing a curriculum on the right or find out more about our Train the Trainer, Breastfeeding and Lactation Management for Neonatal Staff and Breastfeeding Management courses.
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