Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative

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


Status: Complete

June 2012 to September 2017

  • Who: Up to 81 teams of Texas-based hospitals broken into three geographically-based cohorts.
  • Funder: This project is supported by the Texas Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Title V.
  • Our Role: Facilitate a Breakthrough Series Collaborative to apply quality improvement methodology to improve rates of exclusive breastfeeding in the state of Texas. Provide an environment for rapid cycle Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) testing and the robust exchange of ideas with the support of world-class perinatal and quality improvement experts.

Project Videos

Improving Breastfeeding in Texas: Get Involved!: Learn more the initiative and how to get involved.

Improving Breastfeeding Support through Milk Banks: In this exclusive tour of the Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas, NICHQ goes behind the scenes into how a milk bank works and why donation milk is so important for helping families to support breastfeeding.