Improving Breastfeeding Support
Why This is Important
How We Work
National Breastfeeding Month
Best Fed Beginnings
Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative
New York State Breastfeeding Quality Improvement in Hospitals
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.
Behind the Scenes at a Milk Bank
Watch our latest video to learn how a milk bank works and why donation milk is so important for helping families to support breastfeeding.
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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.
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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.
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Explore the Infographic
View an infographic about ways the healthcare system can make a difference in supporting breastfeeding moms and families.
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Don’t Reinvent, Borrow!
Visit our resources section for factsheets, guidelines, reports and toolkits to help with your work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hospitals Work Together to Improve Breastfeeding in Texas
In this Q&A, Erin Hamilton-Spence, MD, discusses her experiences as a passionate breastfeeding advocate, the President of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, and an advisor for the Dallas-area birthing centers in the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative.
Paying for Formula Puts Hospitals in Control
Formula companies should be happy to have hospitals say no to freebies and insist on paying for formula, but facilities seeking to improve breastfeeding rates have found the opposite to be true. This has made it particularly challenging for hospitals intent on paying for formula, an evidence-based tactic to improve breastfeeding rates.
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