Improving Breastfeeding Practices in US Hospitals

To all Local Breastfeeding Coalitions:

The last United States Breastfeeding Committee/Centers for Disease Control (USBC/CDC) national teleconference for state breastfeeding coalitions presented information about an initiative with possible grant funding to increase the number of hospitals with Baby-Friendly status.

We are asking local coalitions to pass this information along to their local hospitals. There will be a webinar on January 12, 2012 from 3-4pm CST for hospitals interested in the project. Please see the information below from the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality, Contact Linda Dech,, if you have questions.

Improving Breastfeeding Practices in US Hospitals

With support from the CDC, NICHQ is leading Best Fed Beginnings, an effort to help hospitals nationwide make quality improvements to maternity care to better support mothers and babies to be able to breastfeed. This project will address the need to improve hospital practices to support breastfeeding by helping hospitals move toward Baby-Friendly status.

Project Goals and Measures
The goal of the project is increase the number of U.S. Baby-Friendly hospitals. Specific activities NICHQ will undertake are to:
• Conduct multiple Breakthrough Series learning collaboratives that will bring together staff throughout participating hospitals, including organization leadership and front line teams together with leading experts in breastfeeding and quality improvement to encourage system-level changes
• Work with Baby Friendly USA to enhance their organizational capacity to meet their mission of expanding the number of Baby Friendly Hospitals and
• Prepare the groundwork for sustainable widespread adoption of Baby Friendly practices beyond the duration of this project

How To Get Involved
Is your hospital interested in participating as a project team? Do you or your organization have relevant skills or resources that could help contribute to the success of this project? Then please complete our Project Interest Form! Those who complete the form will be notified when more information about the project specific to their interest becomes available.

We are very interested in hearing from hospitals that might want to participate. All are welcome. We are especially interested in hearing from hospitals that serve minority and disadvantaged populations.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact our Project Coordinator, Isabel Zuckoff (

Linda Dech, MPH, IBCLC
Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Steering Committee Member
651-215-8951 fax