Baby-Friendly Hospitals Go From Crawling to Cruising
Posted October 08, 2015 by NICHQ
The new issue of Vital Signs from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) focuses on hospital actions that influence breastfeeding—and there is good news. Hospitals are making progress implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, evidence-based practices that create an environment to support mothers who choose to breastfeed.
According to the report, the percentage of U.S. hospitals implementing a majority of the Ten Steps increased from about 29 percent in 2007 to nearly 54 percent in 2013. Perhaps even more impressive, the percentage of US babies born in Baby-Friendly hospitals increased from 1 percent in 2005 to 14 percent in 2015. This result is due, in part, to the NICHQ-led and CDC funded Best Fed Beginnings initiative.
“We are proud to have contributed to the national effort to get more babies off to a healthy start,” says NICHQ’s Senior Director of Perinatal Projects Jennifer Ustianov, MS, BSN, RN, IBCLC. “Now through state-based initiatives in Indiana, New York and Texas, we are helping to spread the Ten Steps to more birthing facilities and improve experiences and health outcomes for mothers who choose to breastfeed.”