Infant Feeding Policy (Doncaster Community)

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust Policy for Infant Feeding (Doncaster Community)

All mothers have the right to receive clear and impartial information to enable them to make fully informed choices as to how they feed and care for their babies.

Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) acknowledges that breastfeeding is the healthiest way for women to feed their babies, recognising that important health, social and psychological benefits exist for both mother and baby (Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) 2018).

In accordance with the recommendations specified by the Department of Health (DH), this organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life, with breastfeeding continuing beyond the first six months along with appropriate types and amounts of solid foods (DH 2003).

The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2015) has identified, and recommends, the implementation of the Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) programme by health facilities as it provides an evidence-based framework that supports best practice in regard to promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding.

RDaSH has agreed to adopt the BFI framework within the Children, Young People and Families (CYP&F) service provision and to pursue accreditation within Doncaster’s community.

To download the policy please follow the link: Infant Feeding Policy v5

To download the Equality Impact Assessment for this policy, please follow this link:  Equality Impact Assessment

To access the Breastfeeding Support Group Standard Operating Procedure associated with this policy please follow the link: Breastfeeding Support Group SOP