You can expect the following standard of care from a Baby Friendly hospital:

  • During pregnancy you will have a full discussion about caring for and feeding your baby, including the benefits of breastfeeding. This will provide you with all the facts you need to make an informed choice.
  • You will be given your baby to hold against your skin straight after they are born.
  • A midwife will offer to help you to start breastfeeding in the first half hour or so after your baby is born.
  • Your baby will be kept with you at all times.

If you decide to breastfeed:

Baby Friendly health centres and surgeries provide a similar standard of care:

All staff in Baby Friendly facilities are trained to give accurate and consistent information and to support you while breastfeeding.