Baby Friendly Spaces: Holistic Approach for Pregnant, Lactating Women and Their Very Young Children in Emergency

This documents aims to explain why and how to implement Baby Friendly Spaces.

The manual demonstrates why the implementation of BFS is crucial in emergency situations and provides a summary of basic information, practical advice and refers to other documents for further information. It should be used together with the Action Against Hunger toolkit for BFS which provides key documents on the various topics.

This manual includes seven chapters:

• The first chapter chapter is a more theoretical section presenting the six care practices. It
includes basic information on each care practice, on the way appropriate child care practices are reinforced / maintained in the BFS setting. The main points to be remembered are listed at the end of each subchapter
• The second chapter describes the different steps for the operational implementation of Baby Friendly Spaces
• The third chapter focuses on the various activities that can be developed in BFS, with the
different implementation steps
• The fourth chapter is dedicated to non-breastfed infants. The chapter describes which kind of intervention should be implemented for these children and their caregivers
• The fifth chapter is a detailed and technical guidance for breastfeeding and child feeding
• The sixth chapter is focused on Infant and Young Child Feeding related to HIV
• The last chapter gives information on how to manage unsolicited and unmonitored distribution of Breast Milk Substitute


About this document

Section: Technical

Thematic Area: Emergency Response Mental Health and Care Practices

Location: Global

Type: Guide

Language: English

Key Information


Year Published: 2013
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