Achieving Breastfeeding Equity
Closing the Gap
Closing the breastfeeding disparity gap starts with viewing our efforts through an equity lens. Below, find three articles on equitable strategies for improving breastfeeding rates:
- In this article, learn how peer support networks can help Black women get the breastfeeding support they need.
- Developing culturally competent approaches and resources helps break down misconceptions about breastfeeding. Learn more here.
- Three experts share their recommendations for elevating Black mothers and families as leaders in driving change in breastfeeding and infant safe sleep outcomes in this article.
Improving Conversations with Mothers
Without hearing directly from mothers, health professionals can’t provide meaningful education and support that speaks to each mother’s individual views and experiences. This is one reason why improving conversations with breastfeeding mothers can help increase breastfeeding rates. Watch this webinar on improving breastfeeding conversations here, or read this article that sums up six strategies.
Spread the Word
Join us and fellow breastfeeding advocates by celebrating on social media all month long. We’ve pulled together a social media toolkit with ready-to-use graphics and sample social posts to help you get started. Download the toolkit, share on your social accounts, and tag @NICHQ so we can amplify your reach.
Currently, the virus that causes COVID-19 has not been found in the breastmilk of infected women. While promoting breastfeeding during the pandemic, it’s important to know safety guidelines and recommendations as information about breastfeeding and COVID-19 continue to evolve.
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What People Are Saying
I'm passionate about early identification and connection to services and supports for children and families because we know acting early makes a difference. When I learned that the ECCS CoIIN leverages collaboration, innovation and quality improvement methods to improve early childhood systems, I was thrilled to get involved. There is a great focus on parent engagement too, so I was really happy to join the team and be a part of this great work.
Through the Infant Mortality CoIIN, NICHQ has found effective ways to engage all states around six areas of effort to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. With the support of NICHQ staff and expert consultants, state maternal child health leaders are learning to use traditional quality improvement and innovative approaches to maximize the leadership roles, and to use a health equity lens in this work.
Working with NICHQ has been a very rewarding experience … A partnership with families has been a hallmark of what the Maternal and Child Health Bureau has done for years, but NICHQ really demonstrated how important those partnerships are.
In over 21 years of caring for my son with complex congenital heart defects plus my 20 years working in healthcare quality improvement and my 6 plus years as a patient advocate, I've never known anyone to embrace closing the gaps between patients and healthcare institutions or doctors, as much as the people from NICHQ.
NICHQ has really supported our work by formalizing a process to do PDSA cycles, report and track how our progress is doing. As a data person, CoLab has been really instrumental in terms of gathering the data and tracking it over time.
NICHQ’s role in coordinating these grantees working on improving sickle cell care and making an agenda that at least tries to push for improved care for all of these patients is very important. The role has been not been very well-served and NICHQ, in my mind, has the experience and staff expertise to bring to sickle cell disease the sort of rigor in methods development and analysis of outcomes to move the bar of caring for people with sickle cell disease several notches up.
Being a parent partner for NICHQ ...has been a pure honor. I would encourage anyone that has the opportunity to work on a NICHQ project to take advantage of it. Working with them has opened many doors for me in the medical field.