Florida received a composite quality practice score of 69 (out of 100) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2011 Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care survey.
The mPINC survey data is used to suggest improvements to breastfeeding objectives at hospitals and birth centers in the state to meet the national quality of care and standards.
Breastfeeding, because of its association with decreased infant morbidity and mortality and numerous health benefits, has become a national priority.
The survey reports Florida facilities need improvement in the following areas:
- Appropriate Use of Breastfeeding Supplements
- Inclusion of Model Breastfeeding Policy Elements
- Protection of Patients from Formula Marketing
- Initiation of Mother and Infant Skin-to-Skin Care
The United States Breastfeeding Committee hosted the campaign “20 Actions in 20 Days” in August to implement strategies to remove barriers to breastfeeding in the nation.
In response to the importance of breastfeeding, the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition became a founding partner of the Northeast Florida Breastfeeding Collaborative. The Collaborative began in 2009 to promote and support improved policies and practices in delivering hospitals in the region, such as the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).
The BFHI recognizes hospitals and maternity care facilities that offer exceptional care for breastfeeding mothers and babies. The Naval Hospital Jacksonville on the NAS Jax base is currently the only hospital in the region and the third in the state to be recognized as a Baby-Friendly Hospital.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside submitted a letter of intent to become a Baby-Friendly Hospital in September of 2012.