More than 88 per cent of babies born at Malaga's Clínico hospital (Universitario Virgen de la Victoria) are being exclusively breastfed when they leave the hospital. This has been achieved progressively over the years, thanks to a programme to encourage all mothers to breastfeed.
This programme is now in the third phase of a four-phase process to obtain international accreditation under the UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).
To complete its accreditation, the Clínico has to meet a series of objectives including specific ways of encouraging and assisting mothers to breastfeed their babies, training for all healthcare staff in the skills necessary to implement the policy, not giving newborn babies any food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated, allowing mothers and babies to be together 24 hours a day and fostering the establishment of support groups.
The Clínico hospital and its associated medical centres also have a Breastfeeding Committee which meets regularly.