“Nearly all births in the United States occur in hospital settings,but hospital practices and policies in maternity settings can undermine maternal and infant health by creating barriers to supporting a mother’s decision to breastfeed. National data from the ongoing CDC survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC), which assesses breastfeeding-related maternity practices in hospitals and birth centers across the United States, indicate that barriers to breastfeeding are widespread during labor, delivery, and postpartum care, as well as in hospital discharge planning…
Examples of barriers to breastfeeding include placement of the stable, healthy, full-term newborn on an infant warmer immediately upon delivery rather than skin-to-skin with the mother, provision of infant formula or water to breastfed newborns without medical indication, removal of the newborn from the mother’s room at night, inadequate assurance of post-discharge follow-up for lactation support, and provision of promotional samples of infant formula from manufacturers. Many studies have shown that practices such as these are associated with a shorter duration of breastfeeding…
A set of maternity care practices has been identified that, when implemented together, results in better breastfeeding outcomes.The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative established by WHO and UNICEF in 1991 includes these maternity practices, which are known as the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. The Joint Commission, an organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States, has identified the concept of bundles of care such as those in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as a promising strategy to improve the care provided to patients.” Excerpts from The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, Arlington, TX (2010) Re-Designated 2015-2020
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX (2010) Re-Designated 2015-2020
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital HEB, Bedford, TX (2009) Re-Designated 2014-2019
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville, Stephenville, TX (2009) Re-Designated 2014-2019
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, Allen, TX (2008) Re-Designated 2013-2018
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, Plano, TX (2010) Re-Designated 2015-2020
Texas Ten Step Hospitals
The Texas Ten Step Program is a method to improve maternity care practices in birthing facilities. The program is based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
If the hospitals in your area that deliver babies are not a Texas Ten Step or Baby-Friendly hospital, encourage them to become one!
Honor hospitals that support breastfeeding mothers and babies with a certificate at a World Breastfeeding Week event, health fair, or other related event.
Let’s make Texas breastfeeding friendly, y’all!