Topic: Breastfeeding


Helping Hospitals Help Mothers


Our efforts to improve breastfeeding rates have met tremendous success. Through our national and state-based programs, we have cultivated evidence-based best practices on implementing system changes in birthing centers that lead to improved maternity care, increased breastfeeding rates and, ultimately, healthier children.

Project Measure Data

The charts below display aggregated data collected from the project teams. To view each chart, just click on a thumbnail (below right) and the larger version of the chart will be displayed below.


Here is a sample of results from our projects:
  • Demonstrated the feasibility of improving breastfeeding rates across the country. Increased the aggregate exclusive breastfeeding rates of hospitals in region A of the Best Fed Beginnings project from 38 percent to 61 percent.
  • Increased the number of hospitals that achieved the “Baby-Friendly" designation.
  • Reduced the percentage of breastfeeding mothers given any educational and/or promotional materials printed by a formula company. The New York BQIH project, in aggregate, showed a dramatic decreased from 83.2 percent to 2.8 percent.
  • Embedded quality improvement theory into the practice of improving breastfeeding rates in 150 hospitals across the county.