Feeding Newborn Babies on Postnatal Wards


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  1. The main aim of these guidelines is promotion of successful breastfeeding.
  2. Mothers should be encouraged to breastfeed their babies soon after birth.
  3. Healthy term babies do not require supplements (water/formula). See section on indications for supplementation of breastfeeding.
  4. Premature Babies
  5. Supplementation


1 Breastfeeding and the use of Human Milk. American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement. Pediatrics 100; 1035-1039, 1997.
2 Hypoglycaemia of the Newborn. WHO Report 1997.