WHO recommendation on breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth

Mother with her newborn baby.

WHO recommendation on breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth

 

Recommendation

All newborns, including low-birth-weight (LBW) babies who are able to breastfeed, should be put to the breast as soon as possible after birth when they are clinically stable, and the mother and baby are ready.

(Recommended)      

 

Publication history

First published: December 2012

Updated: No update planned

Assessed as up-to-date: September 2012

 

Remarks

  • This recommendation has been integrated from the WHO recommendations on newborn health. The evidence supporting this recommendation can be found in the WHO guidelines on optimal infant feeding for low birth weight infants in low- and middle-income countries. This recommendation was determined to be a strong recommendation based on low-quality evidence. 
  • No further remarks were noted. 
  • The source and the evidence supporting this recommendation can be found in the above-mentioned guideline documents, which are available, respectively, at:  http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/259269/1/WHO-MCA-17.07-eng.pdf

          and http://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/documents/9789241548366.pdf

 

Related links

WHO recommendations on intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience

(2018) - full document and evidence tables

Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A guide for midwives and doctors

Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care: A guide for essential practice

WHO Programmes: Sexual and Reproductive health

Maternal Health

Newborn Health

 

Citation: WHO Reproductive Health Library. WHO recommendation on breastfeeding (February 2018). The WHO Reproductive Health Library; Geneva: World Health Organization.