The Sarajevo women who are deprived of their babies because of outdated hospital rules are probably not only cold themselves, but miserable without their babies, and find it difficult to get breast-feeding off to a good start. Bottle-feeding is bound to kill babies in a city where there is no electricity, clean water or regular, cheap supplies of dried artificial milk.
This year the World Health Organisation and Unicef launched the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative: mothers and babies should be together day and night. A hospital environment should support breast-feeding and babies should be free to suckle whenever and for as long as they want. This is impossible when mothers and babies are segregated. Many women long to have their babies with them. A baby-friendly hospital must also be a woman-friendly hospital.
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