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Making the connection for successful breastfeeding

Hospital Care That Supports Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding makes a big impact on the health of Kansans. That’s why we’re connecting hospitals and birth centers to policies and practices that improve breastfeeding outcomes. We do this so Kansas mothers, babies, and the population-at-large can live happier, healthier lives.

Becoming a

High 5 for Mom & Baby Facility

High 5 For Mom & Baby provides resources and a framework to help birth centers improve health outcomes for breastfeeding women and their infants.


Participating facilities complete a voluntary and self-reported evaluation of their adherence to the High 5 for Mom & Baby practices.


High 5 for Mom & Baby facilities complete at least  5/10 PRACTICES  


High 5 for Mom & Baby Premier facilities complete  ALL 10 PRACTICES 

“If breastfeeding did not already exist, someone who invented it today would deserve a dual Nobel Prize in medicine and economics.”

-Keith Hanson, Vice President for Human Development, World Bank Group

Why Breastfeeding?

If 90% of Kansas babies breastfed exclusively for six months, Kansas would benefit by...



per year in medical costs



maternal deaths



infant deaths

60% of mothers stopped breastfeeding sooner than they planned.

Some factors that influence how long or even if a baby is breastfed include:

• Hospital practices

• Education and encouragement

• Policies or support in the workplace

• Access to community support

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