Texas Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative

Overview

What: A quality improvement initiative to help Texas hospitals create environments in which women’s choices concerning breastfeeding can best be supported, with the goal of increasing exclusive breastfeeding in the immediate postpartum period and continuing through six months of age.

Why: Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life can help protect infants from a host of infectious diseases and reduce infant mortality. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2009 only 14 percent of babies born in Texas were exclusively breastfed through the 6-month mark, and just 51 percent received any breastfeeding at 6 months.

Who: Up to 81 teams of Texas-based hospitals broken into three geographically-based cohorts.

When: The overall project runs June 2012 to June 2017. The learning collaborative runs October 2012 to December 2016.

Partners: This project is supported by the Texas Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

For more information, please email the NICHQ Texas Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative team at txbreastfeeding@nichq.org.