Maternal and Child Health Journal

, Volume 17, Issue 9, pp 1712–1717

Engaging Chicago Hospitals in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

  • Samantha L. Schoenfelder
  • Sadie Wych
  • Catherine A. Willows
  • Joseph Harrington
  • Katherine Kaufer Christoffel
  • Adam B. Becker
Notes from the Field

Abstract

Breastfeeding is now widely recognized as a vital obesity prevention strategy and hospitals play a primary role in promoting, supporting and helping mothers to initiate and maintain breastfeeding. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) provides an evidence-based model that hospitals can use to plan and implement breastfeeding quality improvement (QI) projects. Funding under Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), administered by the CDC, brought together key Chicago partners to provide individualized support and technical assistance with breastfeeding QI projects to the 19 maternity hospitals in Chicago. A community organizing approach was taken to mobilize hospital interest in breastfeeding QI projects, leading to successes, e.g. 12/19 (63 %) Chicago hospitals registered with Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA) to pursue official Baby-Friendly designation. Key factors that fostered this success included: involving all levels of hospital staff, financial incentives, and ongoing tailored technical assistance. To assist other communities in similar work, this article discusses the approach the project took to mobilize hospitals to improve breastfeeding support practices based on the BFHI, as well as successes and lessons learned.

Keywords

Breastfeeding Baby-Friendly CPPW Quality improvement Community organizing 

Abbreviations

BFHI

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

BFUSA

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc

CDPH

Chicago Department of Public Health

CLC

Certified Lactation Counselor

CLS

Certified Lactation Specialist

CLOCC

Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children

CPPW

Communities Putting Prevention to Work

HBC

Hospital Breastfeeding Council of Metro Chicago

HCOne

HealthConnect One

ICAAP

Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

IDPH

Illinois Department of Public Health

MDC

Multi-disciplinary committee

QI

Quality improvement

SPC

Strategic planning committee

TA

Technical assistance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samantha L. Schoenfelder
    • 1
  • Sadie Wych
    • 2
  • Catherine A. Willows
    • 3
  • Joseph Harrington
    • 4
  • Katherine Kaufer Christoffel
    • 5
  • Adam B. Becker
    • 1
  1. 1.Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC)Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.HealthConnect OneChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Obesity Prevention InitiativesIllinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP)ChicagoUSA
  4. 4.Chicago Department of Public HealthChicagoUSA
  5. 5.Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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