- Have a written breastfeeding policy.
- Train all their staff to support all new moms feeding choices.
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits of breastfeeding.
- Encourage all new moms to hold their new baby skin-to-skin right after delivery.
- Show moms how to and maintain breastfeeding, even if they are separated from their infants.
- Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically needed.
- Allow moms and babies to remain together 24 hours a day.
- Encourage breastfeeding on-demand.
- While in the hospital, staff will not give pacifiers to breastfeeding infants.
- Hospitals give all new families a list of breastfeeding community resources when they leave the hospital.
The “Stepping Up” program allows hospitals to work on 2 steps at a time with the goal of completing all 10 steps.
As an expectant mother who intends to breastfeed, you may want to consider delivering your baby at a “breastfeeding friendly” facility. You can find a list of current hospitals at the Stepping Up for Utah Babies website.