BEST Project

Bringing Education, Systems-Change and Technical Assistance to You

Breastfeeding exclusively and extensively is a strong first step in obesity prevention. Research has found that the foundation for successful breastfeeding begins in the hospital and clinics prenatally and continues during labor and delivery and the few hours and days that follow.  Maternity care practices in hospitals can greatly affect breastfeeding outcomes. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Community Transformation Grant and in partnership with the LA County Department of Public Health, BreastfeedLA, the Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles has developed the BEST Project.

Launched worldwide in 1992, the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a joint project of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.  The goal of the initiative is to recognize hospitals and maternity centers that demonstrate their commitment to providing a positive environment for breastfeeding mothers by fulfilling the rigorous standards outlined in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding at  babyfriendlyusa.org. Those hospitals that follow these standards can become designated as a Baby-Friendly hospital.

The BEST Project has engaged hospitals and clinics within Los Angeles County to receive coaching and technical support to improve maternity care and pediatric practices that support breastfeeding.  Hospitals selected to participate in this project will be working to achieve Baby-Friendly designation.

BEST Project Hospitals

Centinela Hospital Medical Center
East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital
Greater El Monte Community Hospital
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
Memorial Hospital of Gardena
Monterey Park Hospital
Northridge Hospital Medical Center
Pacifica Hospital of the Valley
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
San Gabriel Valley Medical Center
Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Whittier Hospital Medical Center

BEST Project Clinics

Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center
Harbor-UCLA MFI OB Clinic
St. Francis Medical Center
Venice Family Clinic

Press Release: Breastfeeding Summit Launches County-Wide Project to Increase Breastfeeding Rates

  • California Department of Public Health

    New In-Hospital Breastfeeding Data.

    Read more here!

  • Healthcare

    The Regional Hospital Breastfeeding Consortium (RHBC) meetings to provide ongoing support and guidance for staff from participating hospitals. Learn more

  • LA Convention Center-Breastfeeding Friendly!

    Learn more here.

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