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Infant Feeding Policy for Maternity and Neonatal Services


Health Service Executive (HSE)

Subject Keywords: Breastfeeding
Topic: Obesity
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

The purpose of this policy is to provide consistent evidence based direction for best practice in order to:

O provide consistent high quality service for patients

O avoid conflicting information being given to users and providers of services;

O ensure legislative and regulatory requirements are met;

O enable employers and employees to carry out their roles and responsibilities in implementing the policy;

O act as a basis for audit and evaluation.

This Policy is based on the WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative as this represents current best evidence based practice standards. This policy supports the National Breastfeeding Policy (DOH 1994) and facilitates implementation of Breastfeeding in Ireland: A Five Year Strategic Action Plan (DOHC 2005).

It is in line with the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (WHO/UNICEF, 2002), the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN1989), National Health Strategy: Quality and Fairness – a Health System for You (DOHC, 2000a), The National Children’s Strategy – Our Children, Their Lives (DOHC, 2000), Promoting Women’s Health: A Population Investment for Ireland’s Future (Women’s Health Council, 2002).




Rights: © Government of Ireland
Suggested citation:

Health Service Executive (HSE). (2012) Infant Feeding Policy for Maternity and Neonatal Services [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 20th November 2019].


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