World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) in Australia – blog by Jen Hocking
Indicator 5 – Who needs to know about breastfeeding? Should everyone know about breastfeeding? Or just some people? Which people? What should they know?
“This indicator requires that relevant health professionals are educated about their responsibilities to the country’s national policies regarding the WHO Code for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. There is also a requirement for health professionals to receive consistent professional development about specific areas of infant and young child feeding, including diarrhoeal disease, HIV/AIDS, well-child care, nutrition, the Code and breast cancer. There needs to be an assurance that in-service education programmes are provided across the nation. The indicator finally requires that there are child health policies that ensure that mother and baby are kept together when either of them is unwell. This emphasis on mother-baby closeness to ensure the well-being of the mother-baby dyad underpins Indicator 5. This closeness ensures the well-being of breastfeeding mothers and babies when they are being cared for in the healthcare system.”