HCMC Selected for Unprecedented National Effort to Increase Breastfeeding Rates in US Hospitals

HCMC  joins exclusive group of hospitals transforming maternity care services in states with low breastfeeding rates

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) announced today that it has been selected to participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a first-of-its-kind national effort to significantly improve breastfeeding rates in states where rates are currently the lowest.  Although breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive health measures for infants and mothers, half of US-born babies are given formula within the first week, and by 9 months, only 31% of babies are breastfeeding at all.  Best Fed Beginnings seeks to reverse these trends by dramatically increasing the number of US hospitals implementing a proven model for maternity services that better supports a new mother’s choice to breastfeed. The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is leading the effort through a cooperative funding agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will be working closely with Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. Continue reading “HCMC Selected for Unprecedented National Effort to Increase Breastfeeding Rates in US Hospitals”