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Most births in Oregon occur in a hospital. Maternity care practices influence a mother’s decision to begin breastfeeding and her success in continuing to breastfeed after she leaves the hospital.
Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) is a national survey of maternity care practices and policies, administered to all hospitals and birth centers by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Data indicate that hospitals have opportunities to implement practices in labor, delivery, postpartum care and hospital discharge planning that support mothers who want to breastfeed.
Read about 5 key strategies for increasing breastfeeding rates in Oregon. These evidence-based strategies will help Coordinated Care Organizations meet the Affordable Care Act and Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission requirements for lactation services.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The program encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that provide a set of maternity care practices, known as the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, that result in better breastfeeding outcomes. Hospitals and birthing centers that have made a commitment to following these steps can apply for the Baby-Friendly designation through Baby-Friendly USA.
The Joint Commission accredits and certifies health care organizations in the U.S. Their Perinatal Care measures include an exclusive breast milk feeding measure.
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