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Baby-friendly initiative selects 90 hospitals


The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality has selected 90 hospitals to participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a national effort to improve breast-feeding support by nurses.

Participants in the 22-month learning collaborative, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will work with national breast-feeding and quality improvement experts to implement the “10 Steps to Successful Breast-Feeding” established by the World Health Organization/UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The steps include helping mothers initiate breast-feeding within a half-hour of birth and giving newborns no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated (see

As part of the initiative, team members will work with each other and with national breast-feeding and quality experts through in-person learning sessions and subsequent action periods. The first session is in September, with the first three-month action period beginning in October.

In addition, senior administrators from the hospitals will participate in a concurrent leadership track highlighting their critical role in supporting system-level changes.

For a list of the 90 participating hospitals, visit


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