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
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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.
Closing the Breastfeeding
While breastfeeding may be a long-standing tradition for some families, for many black women it’s a practice outside the cultural norm.
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.
See the Results
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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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How Does Your State Rank?
Check out the latest CDC Breastfeeding Report Card.
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Don’t Reinvent, Borrow!
Visit our resources section for factsheets, guidelines, reports and toolkits to help with your work.
Making the Business Case for Hospitals to Support Breastfeeding Moms
Healthcare providers are finding that supporting women who chose to breastfeed holds unexpected benefits that go far beyond the child, including higher patient satisfaction scores, better reputation and long-term cost savings.
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.
How to Determine Fair Market Value for Purchasing Formula
One of the criteria for hospitals to earn Baby-Friendly designation is to show they are not receiving any free items or marketing materials from manufacturers or distributors of breast milk substitutes, bottles, nipples or pacifiers.
Closing the Breastfeeding Disparity Gap
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that while more women are breastfeeding, and for longer periods, there are still significant racial disparities.
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.
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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