Northeast Florida Breastfeeding Collaborative announces grants
The Collaborative awarded grants to three area hospitals to help implement the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Shands Jacksonville, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital. Funds will be used by the hospitals to support staff training and other activities.
The Baby Friendly Initiative is a global program that promotes exclusive breastfeeding in hospitals through the adoption of 10 steps. There are only two Baby Friendly Hospitals in Florida. None are in Northeast Florida.
Cost Comparison of Baby Friendly and Non–Baby Friendly Hospitals in the United States
The American Academy of Pediatrics published a new study comparing the costs of baby-friendly and non-baby-friendly hospitals. The conclusion showed that becoming baby-friendly is relatively cost-neutral for a typical hospital — usually only ranging from 1 to 5 percent more. The study examined the nursery and labor and delivery costs at both types of facilities.
The University of Florida’s Center for Breastfeeding and Newborns is conducting two research surveys about breastfeeding and breastfeeding support:
The Mothers/Mothers-To-Be Survey
The Support Individuals (Family, Friends, Community) Survey
U.S. Surgeon General releases Call to Action
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin released a call to action on breastfeeding on January 20, recognizing both the important health benefits and the barriers that many mothers face. Breastfeeding improves health outcomes, protects against obesity and reduces healthcare costs across the lifespan, but while 75 percent of U.S. mothers initiate breastfeeding, only 13 percent exclusively breastfeed by six months.
Breastfeeding education and support services are available to Northeast Florida’s mothers both prenatally and postnatally through the Healthy Start program. During the 2009-2010 year, 2,500 prenatal clients and 859 postnatal clients in the region received services through the various Healthy Start providers.
The Call for Action includes action steps and implementation strategies for six major sectors of society:
Mothers and their Families: emphasizes the need to educate and inform families about the importance of breastfeeding, and provide the ongoing support mothers need.
Communities: calls upon the entire community to support breastfeeding mothers, through peer counseling support, promotion of breastfeeding through community-based organizations and traditional and new media venues, and the removal of commercial barriers to breastfeeding.
Health Care: urges the health care system to adopt evidence-based practices as outlined in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, etc.
Employment: calls for paid maternity leave; worksite and child care accommodations
Research and Surveillance: emphasizes the need for additional research, especially regarding the most effective ways to address disparities and measure the economic impact of breastfeeding; a national monitoring system.
Public Health Infrastructure: calls for enhanced national leadership.
Free lactaction education available
Health e-Learning is offering free “Experts-in-Lactation Lectures.” There are more than 20 now available, including:
• Panel Discussion – Challenges for LC’s – 35 mins
• Bridget ingle – Common Clinical Breastfeeding Issues – 42 mins
• Sue Cox – Anatomy and Physiology of the Breast and Lactation – 50 mins
• Karolyn Vaughan – IBLCE Exam Requirements – 66 mins
• Elise Chapin – Repaving the Pathway to Breastfeeding Support – 30 mins
• Lida Lhotska – Whatever Happened to Health for All? – 62 mins
• James Akre – What is the Problem with Breastfeeding? – 55 mins
• Karleen Gribble – Infant Feeding in Emergencies – 68 mins