Best Fed Beginnings
WHAT: 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.
WHO: Participants included 89 hospital teams from around the U.S.
WHEN: October 2011 to March 2015
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.
Designation Status and Final Report
As of April 20, 2016, 72 of the 89 hospitals achieved Baby-Friendly designation (see list). This increases the number of births in Baby-Friendly designated hospitals by 155,000 per year. Learn more about the successful methods used in the Best Fed Beginnings initiative in the final report (Full report; Executive summary).
In the first installment of this two-part series, we introduce you to four hospitals that have not yet achieved Baby-Friendly status and are beginning their journey in Best Fed Beginnings.
In the second installment, we check in with two of the teams from Best Fed Beginnings as they take the final steps toward achieving Baby-Friendly designation.