New York State Breastfeeding Quality Improvement in Hospitals


What: A quality improvement initiative to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates and the duration of any breastfeeding among new mothers, especially low-income women participating in WIC and Medicaid, by improving hospital and worksite policies, practices, systems and environmental supports for breastfeeding to be consistent with New York State laws, regulations and other policies.

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 (CDC), in 2009 only 15 percent of children born in the state were exclusively breastfed through the 6-month mark, and just 54 percent of children in New York received any breastfeeding at 6 months.

Who: Participants included 12 teams across New York State.

When: June 2010 to March 2012


This project was in partnership with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Bureau of Community Chronic Disease Prevention (BCCDP). It was supported by sub-contract number 3873-01, administered by Health Research, Inc. (New York State Department of Health), as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contract number 3U58DP001963-01S2.