Table 1

 The ten steps to successful breast feeding in the United Kingdom

1 Have a written breast feeding policy that is routinely communicated to all healthcare staff.
2 Train all healthcare staff in the skills necessary to implement the breast feeding policy.
3 Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breast feeding.
4 Help mothers initiate breast feeding soon after birth.
5 Show mothers how to breast feed and how to maintain lactation even if they are separated from their babies.
6 Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
7 Practice rooming-in, allowing mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
8 Encourage breast feeding on demand.
9 Give no artificial teats or dummies to breast feeding infants.
10 Foster the establishment of breast feeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.