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Welcome to NICHQ’s Breastfeeding Website
This website contains news, strategies and tools to help make your birthing facility more supportive for mothers who choose to breastfeed. We invite you to be part of this community. Learn More
NICHQ has taken its years of experience in helping hospitals improve maternity care practices to support breastfeeding and packaged the key strategies into a series of virtual learning programs for healthcare professionals.
New Mastering Skin-to-Skin Course
Learn about a new virtual learning program focused on how to overcome barriers to implementing skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth. Sign Up Today
Average exclusive breastfeeding rate of all teams and regions combined.
Breastfeeding Rates on the Rise
The percent of infants exclusively breastfed from birth through the hospital stay has increased across all three Best Fed Beginnings regions. Read Our Success Stories
Best Fed Beginnings
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on Becoming Baby-Friendly
Watch our video to follow the stories of four hospitals as they begin their journey toward Baby-Friendly status in NICHQ's Best Fed Beginnings quality improvement project. Watch the Video
Story
How to Grow a Breastfeeding Initiative Local to Statewide
Texas has made a significant commitment to drive change through its Texas Ten Step Star Achiever program. NICHQ recently spoke with Julie Stagg, MSN, RN, IBCLC, to learn how Texas has been able make progress on improving its breastfeeding rates.

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News
Breastfeeding Training Requires Creativity, Innovation
Reba Godfrey is part of a team participating in the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative, a state-wide quality improvement project that aims to help hospitals improve maternity care using innovative solutions.

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Story
Fathers Hold Key to Breastfeeding Success
In addition to one-on-one counseling and a phone hotline, the Peer Dad program also hosts a Daddy Bootcamp that teaches basic infant care.

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Opinion
Why I Participate: By Parent Partner Lindsay Fonseca
Lindsay Fonseca, a mother of three, shares her personal experience of breastfeeding and story of advocacy as a Parent Partner in the Best Fed Beginnings project.

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Story
Breastfeeding Education—Yes, There's An App for That
It may never be as popular as Angry Birds or Candy Crush, but one Ohio hospital is hoping to change the experience of breastfeeding education with a new app.

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Staff & Leadership Support is Critical to Building Hospital Environments to Support Breastfeeding
Texas Health Harris Methodist Southwest hospital has been improving its breastfeeding support. But its biggest coup lies in getting all levels of staff and leadership on board with the changes.

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