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Best Practices for Breastfeeding Success

Kansas hospitals and birth centers play a crucial role in the initiation of breastfeeding and a mother’s success in continuing to breastfeed after leaving the facility. 

 

Through participation in High 5 for Mom & Baby, Kansas hospitals and birth centers can demonstrate their commitment to infant and maternal health by supporting breastfeeding success.

 

Facilities following at least five practices earn recognition as a High 5 for Mom & Baby facility. Those which follow all ten practices earn the High 5 for Mom & Baby Premier recognition.

Ten Hospital Practices for Successful Breastfeeding

The ten High 5 for Mom & Baby practices are based on the WHO/UNICEF Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding - evidence-based practices proven to increase breastfeeding success and reduce racial and ethnic disparities.

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Facility will have a written maternity care and infant feeding policy addressing the High 5 for Mom & Baby practices supporting breastfeeding

 

 

Facility will maintain staff competency in lactation support

 

All pregnant women will receive information and instruction on breastfeeding

 

Assure immediate and sustained skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby after birth

 

All families will receive individualized infant feeding counseling

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

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Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk unless medically indicated

 

 

Practice “rooming in” - allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day

 

Families will be encouraged to feed their babies when the baby exhibits feeding cues, regardless of feeding methods

 

Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants

 

Provide mothers options for breastfeeding support in the community (such as a telephone number, walk-in clinic information, support groups, etc.) upon discharge

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

Apply to become a recognized High 5 for Mom & Baby or High 5 for Mom & Baby Premier site.

Please complete this application form and agreement, and e-mail any questions to:

 

coordinator@high5kansas.org

Gwen Whittit RN IBCLC

Program Coordinator

High 5 for Mom & Baby

(316) 648-5106

 

Please be sure to upload copies of any/all current breastfeeding policies from your facility as well. 

 

Thank you for your interest in the High 5 for Mom & Baby and High 5 for Mom & Baby Premier programs.

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Email: coordinator@high5kansas.org  

Phone: (316) 648-5106

High 5 for Mom & Baby is supported by:

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 Website: www.healthfund.org

Phone: (620) 662-8586 | 800-369-7191

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