Breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition for infants and decreases the risk for infant morbidity and mortality, as well as maternal morbidity, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Maternity practices in hospitals and birth centers influence a mother’s choice to begin breastfeeding and institutional changes in maternity care practices can affect mothers’ decisions to start and successfully continue breastfeeding, according to the Department of Health and Human Services Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey.
Oregon is one of only four states to realize the Healthy People 2010 targets for breastfeeding, The mPINC survey analyzes a recent summary of local practices. The mPINC survey results are a baseline to help facilities and caregivers evaluate their current practice against well-defined clinical guidelines.
While Oregon’s facilities have met the goal for initiation of breastfeeding, many opportunities still exist to improve, promote, and support breastfeeding mothers and infants. For details about Oregon’s strengths and weaknesses in breastfeeding practice, link to the mPINK survey (PDF Pg. 10).
Pediatricians involved in infant care in Oregon will see quite a bit of activity around making these improvements in the coming year. Your investment in these changes will be critical to the success of the programs. The AAP and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) stand behind the research and clinically proven heath practices. Both can be referenced on the internet, Facebook and Twitter. The mPINC survey provides details and further reading resources. Complete information about the mPINC survey is also available at www.cdc.gov/mpinc.
Nan Dahlquist, MD