Resources for Hospitals

2008 Hospital Breastfeeding Summit Convened by the Breastfeeding Task Force Full Report

Baby-Friendly USA 
Baby-Friendly USA is the national authority for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States. This website will give you information on the “Ten Steps” to becoming certified as a “Baby Friendly Hospital.”

Baby-Friendly USA: Overcoming Barriers to Implementing The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
This document will help answer your questions about how to overcome common obstacles to becoming a Baby Friendly Hospital

Ban the Bags
Ban the Bags is a national campaign to stop formula company marketing in maternity hospitals. This website is full of information about why free formula bags in hospitals negatively affect breastfeeding rates and are therefore bad for infants’ and mothers’ health

Breastfeeding Data Tables
This link contains breastfeeding statistics from the California Department of Public Health broken down to the county and hospital levels

Breastfeeding Model Hospital Policy Recommendations Toolkit
An online toolkit from the California Department of Public Health

California Department of Public Health: Breastfeeding and Healthy Living
The breastfeeding resource center of the California Department of Public Health. This includes information for professionals, breastfeeding quality improvement resources, and much more

Crib Card Template Available for Baby-Friendly Hospitals  

Crib Cards for Boys | Crib Cards for Girls
Breastfeeding-friendly crib cards from our friends at the CDC

JCAHO- USBC Guide to Implementing the New JCAHO Perinatal Care Core Measure Set
The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) has published guidelines to aid hospitals and maternity facilities in accurate collection of the data needed to comply with The Joint Commission’s new core measure on exclusive breast milk feeding

Maternal Child Adolescent Breastfeeding Program 
Information about the MCAH breastfeeding program by the California Department of Public Health