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Prince of Wales Hospital
Policy on Breastfeeding (Summary)

The Prince of Wales Hospital (PWH) supports expectant and new mothers to feed and care for their infants in ways which ensure optimum health and well-being. We provide care services and environments to facilitate mothers in giving exclusive breastfeeding to their infants.

  • Communicate the written breastfeeding policy to all health care staff.
  • Train all involved health care staff the necessary skills to implement the policy.
  • Inform all pregnant women of the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  • Help mothers to start skin to skin contact with their infants immediately after birth.
  • Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.
  • Feed newborn infants with breast milk only. Other food or drink will be given only if medically indicated.
  • Practice rooming-in of infants 24 hours a day except when separations of mothers and infants are necessary due to health issues.
  • Encourage breastfeeding on demand (responsive feeding).
  • Give no artificial teats or pacifiers to breastfeeding infants.
  • Foster the liaison with community services on breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to join them on discharge.
  • Support 'Mother Friendly Childbirth' practices and procedures.
  • Provide support to mothers who choose not to breastfeed as an informed choice.
  • Support employees to continue breastfeeding after returning to work.
  • Implement the 'International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes' and subsequent relevant World Health Assembly resolutions.
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