Best Fed Beginnings

Overview

What: Best Fed Beginnings is a first-of-its-kind, nationwide quality improvement initiative to help hospitals improve maternity care and increase the number of “Baby-Friendly”-designated hospitals in the United States.

Why: One of the most highly effective preventative measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant and herself is to breastfeed. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012 only 16 percent of American children were exclusively breastfed through the 6-month mark, and just 47 percent of children received any breastfeeding at 6 months. Additionally, only 6 percent of births in the United States happen at Baby-Friendly facilities. The more Baby-Friendly designated hospitals there are, the greater the likelihood of improving the success rate for mothers who want to breastfeed.

Who: Participants include 89 teams from around the United States

When: October 2011 to September 2014

Partners: This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and run in close partnership with Baby-Friendly USA

If you have any questions about this project, please email breastfeeding@nichq.org.