Interim report of the National Committee on Breastfeeding

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/246576
Title:
Interim report of the National Committee on Breastfeeding
Authors:
Department of Health (DoH). Health Promotion Unit
Publisher:
Department of Health (DoH). Health Promotion Unit
Issue Date:
May-2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/246576
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
A review of the 1994 National Breastfeeding Policy is an important component of the Terms of Reference under which the National Committee on Breastfeeding was established in March 2002 and this Interim Report from the Committee to the Minister for Health and Children, Mr. Micheal Martin TO, represents an important advancement towards the fulfilment of this objective. This review has been informed by the broad range of expert opinions represented within the membership of the Committee, together with submissions. In addition to providing information on the impact of the targets and recommendations in the 1994 Policy, proposals for future action have been put forward and these will inform the next stage of the Committee's work. All contributors to this review process considered the 1994 National Breastfeeding Policy an excellent template for action that has stood the test of time in its continued relevance. While the impact of the targets and recommendations set down in the 1994 Policy are shown to have fallen short of expectations in some areas, its very existence provided a new focus on breastfeeding that has generated many valuable opportunities to highlight breastfeeding issues. This new focus has also had a major impact on the quality of breastfeeding support for mothers and babies within the health services and a greater respect for the value of voluntary mother-ta-mother support services offered by organisations like La Leche League of Ireland and Cuidiu-Irish Childbirth Trust. Ireland now has a National Breastfeeding Coordinator and a Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Most maternity units have a breastfeeding policy. Clinical midwife specialists in breastfeeding are being appointed in relevant areas of the health services and these are coordinating and spearheading changes in breastfeeding practices in accordance with the best available research evidence. Many health professionals attend update courses in breastfeeding. These and many other positive initiatives have come about as a direct result of the advancements enabled by the 1994 National Breastfeeding Policy. The fundamental changes advocated in the 1994 Policy take time to have effect and regrettably Ireland still has the lowest breastfeeding initiation rates in Europe. The latest available figures show that only 36.97% of Irish mothers currently commence breastfeeding which is indicative of the challenge presented by the objective of ensuring that the majority of babies born in Ireland enjoy the great benefits offered by breastfeeding.
Keywords:
BREASTFEEDING; POLICY FORMULATION; HEALTH PROMOTION

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDepartment of Health (DoH). Health Promotion Uniten_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-02T14:12:11Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-02T14:12:11Z-
dc.date.issued2003-05-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/246576-
dc.descriptionA review of the 1994 National Breastfeeding Policy is an important component of the Terms of Reference under which the National Committee on Breastfeeding was established in March 2002 and this Interim Report from the Committee to the Minister for Health and Children, Mr. Micheal Martin TO, represents an important advancement towards the fulfilment of this objective. This review has been informed by the broad range of expert opinions represented within the membership of the Committee, together with submissions. In addition to providing information on the impact of the targets and recommendations in the 1994 Policy, proposals for future action have been put forward and these will inform the next stage of the Committee's work. All contributors to this review process considered the 1994 National Breastfeeding Policy an excellent template for action that has stood the test of time in its continued relevance. While the impact of the targets and recommendations set down in the 1994 Policy are shown to have fallen short of expectations in some areas, its very existence provided a new focus on breastfeeding that has generated many valuable opportunities to highlight breastfeeding issues. This new focus has also had a major impact on the quality of breastfeeding support for mothers and babies within the health services and a greater respect for the value of voluntary mother-ta-mother support services offered by organisations like La Leche League of Ireland and Cuidiu-Irish Childbirth Trust. Ireland now has a National Breastfeeding Coordinator and a Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Most maternity units have a breastfeeding policy. Clinical midwife specialists in breastfeeding are being appointed in relevant areas of the health services and these are coordinating and spearheading changes in breastfeeding practices in accordance with the best available research evidence. Many health professionals attend update courses in breastfeeding. These and many other positive initiatives have come about as a direct result of the advancements enabled by the 1994 National Breastfeeding Policy. The fundamental changes advocated in the 1994 Policy take time to have effect and regrettably Ireland still has the lowest breastfeeding initiation rates in Europe. The latest available figures show that only 36.97% of Irish mothers currently commence breastfeeding which is indicative of the challenge presented by the objective of ensuring that the majority of babies born in Ireland enjoy the great benefits offered by breastfeeding.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherDepartment of Health (DoH). Health Promotion Uniten_GB
dc.subjectBREASTFEEDINGen_GB
dc.subjectPOLICY FORMULATIONen_GB
dc.subjectHEALTH PROMOTIONen_GB
dc.titleInterim report of the National Committee on Breastfeedingen_GB
dc.typeReporten
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