Queen Elizabeth Hospital firmly believes that breastfeeding offers enormous and irreplaceable health benefits to both mothers and children. We actively initiate and implement mother and baby friendly services for their health benefits.

Policy Summary:
  1. QEH has a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. All health care staff involved with implementing the policy will be trained with the requisite knowledge and skills.
  3. All pregnant women will be informed of the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. The Hospital will help mothers start skin-to-skin contact with their babies immediately after birth.
  5. Mothers will be shown how to breastfeed and maintain lactation, even if they should be separated from their infants.
  6. Newborn infants will be fed breastmilk only. Other food or drink will be given only if medically indicated.
  7. QEH practices 24 hours a day rooming-in of mothers and their infants.
  8. QEH encourages responsive breastfeeding.
  9. Artificial teats or pacifiers will not be given to breastfed infants.
  10. QEH fosters the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refers mothers to join them upon discharge.
  11. QEH will fully support mothers who made the informed decision not to breastfeed.
  12. QEH practices the “International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes” and subsequent relevant resolutions of the World Health Assembly.
  13. QEH supports mother-friendly childbirth practices and procedures.
  14. QEH supports mothers to breastfeed at a place of their choice.
  15. QEH supports employees to continue breastfeeding after returning to work.
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