Breastfeeding Support Groups
Breastfeeding support to mothers should be continued after they leave the maternity hospital.
This is why UNICEF, together with the Croatian Breastfeeding Support Group, supports the establishment of as many breastfeeding support groups as possible. Today, there are more than 150 such groups in Croatia.
In these groups mothers receive useful practical advice and exchange opinions and experiences with other mothers. Training courses on breastfeeding counselling have also been organised for home visitors, since they too play an important role in supporting and motivating families.
The first breastfeeding support groups were introduced in Croatia in 1993, in parallel with the Baby Friendly Hospitals initiative.
Support for breastfeeding premature children has been provided within the framework of cooperation between UNICEF, the Ministry of Health and the Croatian Association of Breastfeeding Support.
In 2014 a common project ‘One Home Visitor – One Group’ was initiated with the aim to train and motivate home visitors engaged in leading breastfeeding support groups.
The project included education on how to breastfeed premature children and children with developmental difficulties, the provision of breastfeeding support for working mothers and the inclusion of fathers and other family members in breastfeeding support.
A manual for group leaders and leaflets for parents have also been prepared.