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.