Maternity Care

Why are Changes Needed?

The overwhelming majority of mothers want to breastfeed. However, breastfeeding outcomes are undermined by structural barriers. Interactions with mothers during the prenatal, birthing, and postpartum period, both within the medical system and community, should be designed to ensure mothers are able to breastfeed in the ways they desire.

Get to Know the Campaign

In early 2013, the WK Kellogg Foundation established the term “First Food” as a way to describe and prioritize breast milk and breastfeeding as foundational to long term health. Since then, the First Food Movement has catalyzed a new way of thinking about breastfeeding systems and the approach to advancing equitable health outcomes. To learn more, visit the First Food webpage or watch this video clip

In the 2015 Landscape Analysis of Michigan mothers and professionals, completed in partnership with the WK Kellogg Foundation, participants in communities across the state named inconsistent messaging as a primary roadblock to breastfeeding success. View the summary here and full report here.

Every two years the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) invites all hospitals across the country to fill out the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey, which assesses a hospital’s maternity care practices. As a measure of success, hospitals with higher mPINC scores have better breastfeeding outcomes and these hospitals also achieve many of the steps necessary for Baby-Friendly designation. Check it out here.

Care must be taken to ensure that hospitals in traditionally underserved communities have the systemic infrastructure and funding necessary to implement the evidence-based 10-steps to Baby-Friendly designation. Learn more about Baby-Friendly here.

2019 MIBFN Maternity Care Policy Positions

  1. All medical providers should receive and provide evidence-based breastfeeding education.
  2. WIC referrals should be universal.
  3. All birthing hospitals in Michigan should implement the evidence based practices that are outlined in mPINC and central to Baby-Friendly designation.
  4. Organizations should train, recruit, and hire diverse, multidisciplinary care teams that reflect the populations they serve.

To view the full policy position, download the position paper here.

  • Do you have a maternity care experience that you would like to share?

Click here to share your story.

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Lansing, MI 48912

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