Evidence Based Practices and Resources for Providers
Breastfeeding Friendly Washington
A program of Washington State Department of Health, Breastfeeding Friendly Washington (BFWA) is a voluntary program that recognizes hospitals, birth centers, and community health clinics for their policies and procedures that support and promote breastfeeding. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Breastfeeding Friendly Washington site. The following links have detailed information on how to apply for the recognition and are categorized by facility type:
Evidence-Based Hospital Breastfeeding Support (EBBS) Webinars
A partnership between WithinReach and the Washington State Department of Health, the aim of the EBBS Learning Collaborative was to increase the number of birthing hospitals using evidence-based breastfeeding support practices. Quarterly webinars were held to share best practices in support of breastfeeding. The following links contain PDFs of the 10 presentations.
The Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey analyzes and collects data on infant feeding care processes, policies, and maternity care staff. All hospitals with maternity services and all free-standing birth centers in the United States and territories are invited to participate in the survey. The mPINC is conducted every 2 years to evaluate changes to policies and practices over time. The survey identifies where improvements in care can be made. Reports are broken down by state.
Additional Resources for Healthcare Facilities and Workers
- Ban the Bags: a national campaign to stop formula marketing in hospitals
- Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding from the Surgeon General (October 2000), the first comprehensive framework on breastfeeding for the nation
- Breastfeeding Bill of Rights: a list of patient breastfeeding rights from Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
- Breastfeeding Friendly Consortium- Helpful Resources: resources aimed at professionals in health and medical fields from Virginia Dept. of Health & University of Virginia
- Breastfeeding Friendly Washington Resources from Washington State Department of Health
- Lactation Management Self-Study Modules from WellStart International
- LactMed drug and lactation database from US National Library of Medicine and TOXNET
- Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition Provider Resources, including fact sheets and handouts
- Promoting Breastfeeding in Hospitals, Primary Care, and Worksites Trainings & Webinars from University at Albany, School of Public Health