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SC Hospitals Selected for Best Fed Beginnings

The hospitals for the Best Fed Beginnings project have been selected. SC has 5 hospitals!

South Carolina
Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, Greenville, SC
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, Columbia, SC
Piedmont Medical Center, Rock Hill, SC
Tuomey Healthcare Systems, Sumter, SC

Here’s  some information pulled from the press release.
The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) today announced a first-of-its-kind effort to significantly improve breastfeeding rates in states where rates are currently the lowest. 90 hospitals have been selected to participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a national initiative to increase the number of US hospitals implementing a proven model for maternity services that better supports a new mother’s choice to breastfeed. Through a cooperative funding agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NICHQ is leading the effort and working closely with Baby-Friendly USA, Inc.
The 90 hospitals, which were selected from 235 applicants, are responsible for more than 275,000 births each year in the 29 states with the lowest breastfeeding rates and highest rates of supplementation during the hospital stay. These hospitals will work together in a 22 month learning collaborative, using proven quality improvement methods to transform their maternity care services in pursuit of “Baby-Friendly” designation. This designation verifies that a hospital has comprehensively implemented the American Academy of Pediatrics-endorsed Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as established in the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Breastfeeding rates are higher and disparities in these rates are virtually eliminated in hospitals that achieve this status. Since there are currently only 143 hospitals and birth centers in the US designated as “Baby-Friendly,” accounting for approximately 240,000 of our country’s births each year, Best Fed Beginnings will more than double the number of babies born in US hospitals that fully support breastfeeding.
“Numerous studies point to the vital role that hospitals and birth centers play in creating the best environment to successfully establish breastfeeding,” said Trish MacEnroe, executive director of Baby-Friendly USA. “The hospitals selected to participate in Best Fed Beginnings are now on the leading edge of maternity care in the US, and will serve as models for change for other hospitals throughout the country.”