Sample infant feeding policies

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The Baby Friendly Initiative has produced sample maternity, health visiting and neonatal infant feeding policies and self-assessment checklists for facilities to use as references when writing their own policy. These policies have been updated (August 2013) to reflect the new Baby Friendly standards.

Facilities are welcome to adopt a sample policy in its entirety, to incorporate parts of it into an existing policy, or to use it in another way. It is important to note, however, that deviation from any of the basic elements of the policy will result in a policy which does not meet the criteria.

Sample infant feeding policy (maternity)

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Maternity policy self-assessment checklist

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Sample infant feeding policy (neonatal)

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Neonatal policy self-assessment checklist

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Sample infant feeding policy (health visiting)

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Health visiting policy self-assessment checklist

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Sample infant feeding policy (children’s centres)

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