Best Fed Beginnings
A first-of-its-kind, nationwide quality improvement initiative to help hospitals improve maternity care and increase the number of “Baby-Friendly”-designated hospitals in the United States.
October 2011 to March 2015
- Who: Participants included 89 hospital teams from around the U.S.
- Funder: The project was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and run in close partnership with Baby-Friendly USA and the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC).
- Our Role: Facilitated three concurrent learning collaboratives that provide coaching to 89 hospitals on how to apply the Model for Improvement to maternity care in pursuit of Baby-Friendly designation. We also built Baby-Friendly USA’s and the USBC’s internal quality improvement capacity, raised awareness of the World Health Organization’s Breastfeeding Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and supported teams in establishing improved connection with community based breastfeeding coalitions.
QI Initiative Brings National Changes to Breastfeeding Support
The NICHQ-led Best Fed Beginnings initiative has made it possible for 218,000 more babies to be born in Baby-Friendly hospitals every year. Collaboration was essential because of the complex challenges for creating better breastfeeding support.
Results of NICHQ Breastfeeding Initiative Featured in Pediatrics Journal
Pediatrics journal article features NICHQ initiative were 80% of hospitals achieved Baby-Friendly status. Join webinar with paper's authors on Aug. 2, 2017
Collaboration, QI Helping to Bring Better Breastfeeding Support to Hospitals
Two articles spotlight NICHQ-led projects that are helping improve breastfeeding practices.
Rooming-in: An Essential Evolution in American Maternity Care
The systematic use of nurseries in hospitals remains an expectation for many families, and now the move to rooming-in is challenging for the hospital staff and parents because many families do not understand the value of babies rooming-in with mothers.