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Table 1 Steps in the proposed Baby Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI) program in Kenya

From: Feasibility and effectiveness of the baby friendly community initiative in rural Kenya: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Step Description
Step 1 Have a written MIYCN policy summary statement that is routinely communicated to all health providers, community health volunteers and community
Step 2 Train all health care providers and community health volunteers in the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the MIYCN policy
Step 3 Promote optimal maternal nutrition among women and their families
Step 4 Inform all mothers and their families about the benefits of breastfeeding and risks of artificial feeding
Step 5 Support mothers to initiate breastfeeding within the first hour of birth, establish and maintain exclusive breastfeeding for first 6 months
Step 6 Encourage sustained breastfeeding beyond 6 months to 2 years or more alongside timely introduction of appropriate, adequate and safe complementary foods
Step 7 Provide a welcoming and conducive environment for breastfeeding families
Step 8 Promote collaboration between health care staff, maternal, infant and young child nutrition support groups and the local community
  1. MIYCN maternal, infant and young child nutrition