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Guidelines and Resources for Hospitals

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Most hospitals do not fully support breastfeeding . Breastfeeding helps protect against childhood obesity and other illnesses, and lowers medical costs.

Systems and Environmental Change 

California Infant Feeding Guide (PDF)

Breastfeeding Model Hospital Policy Recommendations On-line Toolkit
Toolkit provides resources and web links to assist hospitals and health care providers in meeting the national and state public health breastfeeding goals. It includes both the full and summary of the Breastfeeding Model Hospital Policies.

Model Policy: Payer Coverage of Breastfeeding Support and Counseling Services, Pumps and Supplies 
Created by the United States Breastfeeding Committee and the National Breastfeeding Center to identify best practices for supporting coverage of services, pumps and supplies per the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Baby-Friendly™ Hospitals in California  
California leads the nation with hospitals achieving the prestigious Baby-Friendly Hospital designation

Related Links and Resources

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocols  serve as guidelines for the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants and do not delineate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as standards of medical care. Variations in treatment may be appropriate according to the needs of an individual patient. 

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA) 
The accrediting body and the national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States. In this capacity, BFUSA is responsible for coordinating and conducting all of the activities necessary to confer the Baby-Friendly designation.

Implementing the Joint Commissions Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding 
This toolkit, published by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, addresses the exclusive breast milk feeding core measure.

Kaiser-Permanente's Improving Hospital Breastfeeding Support – Implementation Toolkit (PDF) Opens a new browser window.
This toolkit contains information about breastfeeding promotion in the inpatient setting, designed to assist health care organizations and hospital
teams in planning and implementing performance improvement projects.

Strategies to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases: The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies (2013) 
Provides state and local community members information to choose the breastfeeding intervention strategy that best meets their needs.

Very Low Birth Weight Infant Toolkit 
California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC) evidence-based protocols are available for feeding Very Low Birth Weight Infants. Quality Improvement Toolkit called: Nutritional Support of the VLBW Infant (rev. DECEMBER 2008). An appendix includes resources and sample protocols.

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