World Breastfeeding Week 2019 – Annual Survey Report

Since 1992, we conduct survey on local hospitals’ practices of the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” every year. Below is the result of the latest survey (2019) based on the self-appraisal by 19 local hospitals with maternity units.

(Please click here for the previous reports of the annual survey.)

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (BF)

(Self-Appraisal by Hospitals)

 

 

Hospital %

Survey year

2019

2018

 

Public

Private

All

All

1.  Written BF Policy routinely communicated to all health care staff 

1.1) With explicit written notice

100

82

90

89

1.2) BF policy displayed publicly

100

64

79

83

2.  Train all health care staff 

2.1) Acquainted with BF policy

100

91

95

94

2.2) 20-hr training given to staff within six months of their arrival 

   2.2a) % of O&G nursing staff

99

85

91

90

   2.2b) % of Paediatric nursing staff

90

56(H:8)

73(H:16)

65(H:15)

2.3) 8-hr training given to staff within six months of their arrival 

   2.3a) % of O&G doctors

66

10(H:6)

42(H:14)

32(H:14)

   2.3b) % of Paediatric doctors

64

19(H:6)

45(H:14)

42(H:14)

3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits & management of BF 

3.1) % of pregnant clients informed

96

97

97

96

3.2) Give group instruction on artificial feeding

0

18

10

17

4. Help mothers initiate BF within half an hour of birth

4.1) Vaginal or Caesarean deliveries without general anaesthesia (skin-to-skin) – % of mothers who had skin-to-skin contact within 5 minutes and >1 hour

54

35

43

40

4.2) Caesarean deliveries with general anaesthesia (skin to skin when   mother responsive) – % of mothers

25(H:7)

62

48(H:18)

27(H:16)

5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infant

5.1) Offer breastfeeding assistance within six hours of delivery

100

100

100

100

5.2) Help mothers of babies in special care maintain lactation

100

100

100

100

6. Give newborn only breast-milk, unless medically indicated

6.1) Given newborn infants no food or drink other than breast-milk 

88

46

68

67

6.2) No free or low-cost supplies of breast-milk substitutes accepted

100

100

100

100

6.3) No promotion of infant foods or drinks other than breast-milk

100

100

100

100

7. Practise rooming-in – allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day

7.1) Mothers and babies with normal vaginal delivery are rooming-in from birth

100

45

68

67

7.2) All mothers and babies stayed in the same room day and night

100

36

63

61

7.3) % of mothers and babies separated for medical reasons

29

4

15

22

7.4) There is a nursery in postnatal ward for healthy infants

0

100

58

61

8. Encourage responsive (or demand) breastfeeding

100

36

63

61

9. Give no artificial teats or pacifiers to BF infants

100

73

84

78

10. Foster the establishment of BF support groups 

10.1) Refer BF mothers to BF support groups

100

91

95

100

10.2) Facilitate the formation of mother support groups and other community services

 88

 82

85

84

10.3) Provide BF counseling in its maternity services by trained mother support group counsellors

25

36

31

 39

 

Remarks:

Public hospitals with maternity unit: 8

Private hospitals with maternity unit: 11

All hospitals gave a response unless “H”, no. of hospitals providing information stated.

 

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