Action 19. Develop a national monitoring system to improve the tracking of breastfeeding rates as well as the policies and environmental factors that affect breastfeeding
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- Enhance the CDC Breastfeeding Report Card by including a broader array of process indicators and showing trends over time
- Collect data in all states on the initiation of breastfeeding and in-hospital supplementation with formula through the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth
- Develop systems to collect key information on policy and environmental supports for breastfeeding
- Key Website Features: News Room, Advocacy HQ, and Coalitions Directory
- Learning Community: Monitoring & Surveillance Learning Community
- Webinar & Conference Archives: Monitoring & Surveillance
- Webinar & Conference Archives: Research Coordination
Action Activities: The American Breastfeeding Institute conducted an update of the 2015 USA's World Breastfeeding Trends Indicator scoring in March 2019. A report is being prepared and will be available soon.
Action Activities: Individuals members of APHA contribute to the development of monitoring systems. APHA hosts sessions to train individuals on large data and data monitoring. These could be attended by individuals who wish to apply that to breastfeeding.
Action Activities: ASPHN’s Policy Committee submits comments and signs on to letters related to nutrition and breastfeeding monitoring systems when relevant.
Action Activities: Baby Cafes all collect statistical and outcome data on attending populations. This data may prove to be a valuable resource for evaluating effectiveness of community programs. A 2020 paper published in Breastfeeding Medicine shows that the model is effective.
Action Activities: CHEER monitors breastfeeding data in the hospitals where we work.
Action Activities: The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), publishes the Breastfeeding Report Card, providing perspectives on state and national trends in breastfeeding data. The report card tracks U.S. breastfeeding rates from the National Immunization Survey, measured state by state and evaluated against the Healthy People breastfeeding objectives, as well as additional outcome and process indicators. The CDC also administers the national Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey of maternity care practices and policies. The survey is mailed to all facilities with registered maternity beds in the United States and Territories and is used to develop benchmark reports for participating facilities as well as state reports.
Supporting Link: http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/
Action Activities: The Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Healthy Start program works to prevent infant mortality in 87 communities with infant mortality rates at least 1.5 times the national average and high rates of low birthweight, preterm birth, maternal mortality and maternal morbidity (serious medical conditions resulting from or aggravated by pregnancy and delivery). The program includes breastfeeding promotion.
Supporting Link: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/healthystart/
Action Activities: The Healthy Children Project, Inc. funds and facilitates the U.S. monitoring for the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative, a tool that measures national achievement of the standards set forth in the World Health Organization/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. In addition we have developed a state-by-state version of the WBTi, visible at http://wbtiusa.org/
Action Activities: ICEA provides breastfeeding information on the web site for resources for both parents and profession as well as a regularly updated facebook page and blog with current, evidence-based information
Supporting Link: http://icea.org
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Action Activities: The KBC maintains a state-level database of breastfeeding rates and indicators of breastfeeding support by county.