Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative
An Initiative to Improve Infant Nutrition and Care
At a Glance
What: A quality improvement initiative to help Texas hospitals create environments in which women’s choices concerning breastfeeding can best be supported, with the goal of increasing exclusive breastfeeding in the immediate postpartum period and continuing through six months of age.
Why: Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life can help protect infants from a host of infectious diseases and reduce infant mortality.
Who: Up to 81 teams of Texas-based hospitals broken into three geographically-based cohorts.
When: The overall project runs June 2012 to June 2017. The learning collaborative runs October 2012 to December 2016.
Partners: This project is supported by the Texas Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life can protect babies from a host of health issues, including infant mortality, respiratory tract and ear infections, obesity, diabetes, and other issues. Despite the many benefits of breastfeeding, 16% of US mothers—and 13.7% of Texas mothers—breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, due to in part a lack of support for mothers.
- Read more about the science of breastfeeding in a Q&A with a NICHQ faculty advisor.
NICHQ is working with the Texas Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to run a team-focused quality improvement project centered on learning, sustainable change and innovations. The specific aim of the collaborative is for facilities to increase exclusive breastfeeding at day two by 35 percentage points within two years of the end of their participation in the project. The collaborative is also putting an emphasis on embracing diversity as a way to reduce breastfeeding rate disparities and engaging community partners and connecting them to resources to support exclusive breastfeeding. The Texas Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative aligns with the Texas Ten Step Program, a statewide effort to improve infant health by helping facilities implement the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding outlined by the World Health Organization.
In the News
- "Five Baylor Hospitals Chosen to Pioneer State Project to Improve Breastfeeding Rates" (Town Square Buzz - McKinney)
- "Collective nurturing: Hospitals around Texas combine forces to increase breastfeeding" (Star Local News)
The 20 hospitals/birthing facilities that were selected through an open recruitment process to participate in Cohort A are:
- Baylor All Saints Medical Center - Andrew's Women's Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas
- Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, Carrollton, Texas
- Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, McKinney, Texas
- Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas
- Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
- Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Fort Worth, Texas
- JPS Health Network, Fort Worth, Texas
- Medical Center Arlington, Arlington, Texas
- Medical Center of McKinney, McKinney, Texas
- Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
- Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Mansfield, Texas
- North Hills Hospital, North Richland Hills, Texas
- Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, Arlington, Texas
- Texas Health Harris Methodist Forth Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
- Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Bedford, Texas
- Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville, Stephenville, Texas
- Texas Health Harris Methodist Southwest, Fort Worth, Texas
- Texas Health Presbyterian Rockwall, Rockwall, Texas
- The Medical Center of Plano, Plano, Texas
- United Regional Health Care System, Wichita Falls, Texas
Status and Milestones
- The 20 hospitals/birthing facilities that were selected to participate in Cohort A were announced on January 15, 2013.
- Hospitals and birthing facilities located in DSHS Regions 1-3 were invited to submit an application to be selected for Cohort A of the Learning Collaborative. The recruitment period was held Nov. 1, 2012 - Dec. 21, 2012.
- Read the announcement about the 20 hospitals/birthing facilities that were selected to participate.
- Read a news announcement about the project kickoff.
- Read a Q&A about the importance of breastfeeding from a NICHQ faculty advisor.
- Visit the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Program website.
- Learn more about breastfeeding benefits and statistics at the Centers for Disease and Control website.
For more information, please email the NICHQ Texas Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative team at email@example.com.