The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding of infants for the first six months of life before introducing nutritious complementary foods and in June of 2022 updated their recommendation to support parents who choose to breastfeed their infants to age 2 and beyond. The AAP outlines its recommendations and evidence of significant health benefits to infant and mother within an updated policy statement and technical report, both titled, “Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk" Published in the July 2022 issue of Pediatrics and available online June 27, 2022. The updates include a recommendation to support parents who choose to breastfeed their infant to age 2 and beyond.
According to the 2020 CDC Breastfeeding Report Card, 85.3% of Nebraska babies have ever breastfed and 63% continue to breastfeed at 6 months of age.
The LEARN Breastfeeding Hospital Champion Campaign is based on the mPINC Survey on Maternity Care Practices from the CDC to increase breastfeeding initiation and support within the hospital setting. Utilizing evidence based messaging on breastfeeding to parents of approximately 25,000 newborns across the state will increase the overall health of Nebraskan families.
The LEARN Breastfeeding Champion Hospital Campaign overall goal is to increase breastfeeding in Nebraska by utilizing the 2020 Nebraska mPINC Results Report to assist in implementing best practices and policies to improve breastfeeding outcomes. The 2020 Nebraska mPINC Results Report focuses on six topics including Immediate Postpartum Care, Rooming-In, Feeding Practices, Feeding Education & Support, Discharge Support, and Institutional Management. These are topics that birthing hospitals across the State of Nebraska are already doing, along with identifying gaps and areas of improvement noted in your hospitals mPINC report.
Become a LEARN Breastfeeding Hospital Champion in five steps by December 31, 2023.
LEARN Breastfeeding Hospital Champions will receive:
Champion Step-By-Step Process
Core Competency Form (Fillable)
Methodist Fremont Health recognized as a LEARN Breastfeeding Hospital Champion