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CDC Funded Breastfeeding Initiative

Connecticut hospitals have been invited to participate in a new breastfeeding initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), in partnership with the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC), will select ten maternity facilities to participate in the Connecticut Breastfeeding Initiative, with the goal of achieving Baby-Friendly Designation.

Baby-Friendly Designation is a globally recognized symbol of world-class maternity care, endorsed by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF.  In addition, the pathway to designation provides maternity facilities the opportunity to:

•    Improve health outcomes for mothers and babies
•    Improve patient satisfaction, elevate reputation and standards of care, and increase market share*
•    Enhance a professional environment of competence
•    Demonstrate a commitment to quality improvement
•    Build leadership and team skills among staff

The Joint Commission has added exclusive breast milk feeding to the core measures beginning April 2010.  Participation in the Baby-Friendly Designation program will demonstrate to the Joint Commission the commitment an institution holds to enhancing support for breastfeeding mothers.  Application to this program will also help facilities increase their Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) scores related to breastfeeding promotion by CDC.  In addition, this project will support institutions by meeting some of the criteria for the Magnet Recognition Program® developed by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center.

During this two-year grant, DPH and CBC will assist the ten hospitals through the initial discovery and development phase of the process.  A program consultant will help each facility to complete at least five of the ten steps towards designation, by offering 40 hours of consultation with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with Baby-Friendly experience.  Each maternity facility selected will also be offered a two-day training course that satisfies the accreditation requirement for staff education.  Moreover, costs associated with completing the five steps, such as a portion of the Baby-Friendly USA registration fee and training will be covered by the grant. Recognizing that changing protocols can be challenging, this project is geared to provide guidance, support, and a multidisciplinary team approach to help institutions be successful with regard to the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

*Research in this field indicates that successful breastfeeding is strongly associated with medical care satisfaction and the wish to have a subsequent baby in the same hospital.  Families who feel adequately supported during the vulnerable postpartum days can speak powerfully for a birth facility.


Latest News

5/23/2015  Congratulations to the first seven businesses in Connecticut to be designated Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksites


11/26/2014 For Immediate Release: CBC Launches #GivingTuesday campaign! 


9/12/2014 For Immediate Release: CT Department of Public Health and CT Breastfeeding Coalition Supporting Businesses to Adopt Breastfeeding-Friendly Policies


8/5/2014 Annual Connecticut Children's Medical Center Breastfeeding Conference to be held on September 15, 2014.


3/24/2014 Save the Date! CT DPH has partnered with the CBC's Ten Step Collaborative to provide free training to meet the requirements of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative education! 


9/6/2013 CBC's Communities Committee Announces 2013 Awards to all of Connecticut's Breastfeeding Peer Counselors for their Contributions to the Health and Well-Being of Connecticut's Mothers and Children!




4/16/2013 Center TRT announces a webinar to be held on April 30th highlighting the Connecticut Breastfeeding Initiative, a program that provides technical assistance, financial assistance and training to hospitals working toward the Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation. Click this announcment for details.


3/27/2013 Announcing a free webinar hosted by the CT-RI Pubic Health Training Center "Scaling Up Breastfeeding Support at the Organizational and Community Levels: Sustaining the Positive Effects of the BFHI


2/27/2013 CBC submits testimony in favor of an Act Concerning a Task Force on Childhood Obesity


10/28/2012 Hurricane Sandy: Emergency Information for Mothers with Stored Human Milk and Pump Dependent Mothers 


9/27/2012 CBC Announces 2012 Awards to Community Members for Contributions to the Health and Well-Being of Connecticut's Mothers and Children! 


8/1-8/7/2012 World Breastfeeding Week! Join CBC as we highlight the benefits of the practice of skin to skin for all! Are you on facebook? Show us how you are nurturing this ancient tradition in the modern world!


7/30/2012 Keeping Moms and Their Babies Together After Delivery; CT DPH


7/29/2012: Updated Information for Sponsors: CBC Conference October 2012!


SAVE THE DATE: CBC Conference! October 9, 2012!


4/7/12 CT DPH and CT AAP Teleconference: April 24th!


3/22/2012 CBC seeks Connecticut businesses to be part of national searchable web resource!  


3/1/12 CBC Attends Public Hearing to Testify in Favor of SB 194 AN ACT CONCERNING JURY DUTY POSTPONEMENT FOR BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS; Read testimony below:

Testimony CBC

Testimony R. Jackson


2/16/12 CBC Joins Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut


1/11/12 Calling ALL CT maternity hospitals to participate in teleconference about the BFHI!


11/7/2011  Eleven Connecticut Employers Put the "Business Case for Breastfeeding" To Work


10/5/2011 New Guide for Parents/Businesses That Addresses Common Questions About Connecticut's Nondiscrimination and Workplace Accommodation Breastfeeding Laws!


8/3/2011 Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition and Department of Public Health Launch Initiative to Promote Breastfeeding


4/28/11 CBC Announces Statewide Mini Grants available for CT Businesses to Support Breastfeeding Mothers


1/20/11 Surgeon General's Call to Action: A Roadmap to Improving Support for Breastfeeding Mothers


CBC Announces Statewide Breastfeeding Initiative for WBW


CT Hospital Association announces the CT Breastfeeding Initiative


MMBNE Opens First Milk Processing Lab in Region