Maternity Practices for Breastfeeding Success

GREAT BEGINNINGS NY.

THE FUTURE STARTS WITH BREASTFEEDING

 

The NYS Department of Health launched an initiative, Great Beginnings NY, The Future Starts with Breastfeeding. Great Beginnings NY aims to increase the number of NYS maternity hospitals meeting a more liimited number of steps that increast support for breastfeeding woen, including reducing formula supplementation of breastfed infants and marketing and promotion of infant formula.  Visit their page for more information.  

 

http://www.health.ny.gov/community/pregnancy/breastfeeding/great_beginnings/

 



New York State has implemented an initiative requiring all hospitals to have a breastfeeding policy.  At this link, under Resources for Hospitals and Health Care Providers, are located the New York State Model Hospital Breastfeedign Policy, its implementation Guide, and training. 

 

www.health.ny.gov/community/pregnancy/breastfeeding

 

Learn more about the hospitals in your area at www.hospitals.nyhealth.gov/  Click on the county and find your hospital.  You will find maternity information under services.  You will find the percentage of such procedures/services as vaginal births and C-sections. And breastfeeding rates.

 

Do you have a complaint about your care? 

To file a complaint about a hospital, call 1-800-804-5447 or fill out a form found here www.health.ny.gov/facilities/hospital/complaint/complaint_form.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYS Medicaid Provides Reimbursement for Lactation Services and Breast Pumps

 

NYS Medicaid will provide reimbursement for IBCLC services.  Qualified practioners of Medicaid reimburseable lactation counseling services are the following NYS licensed health professionals who are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC):  physician, nurse practitioner, midwife, physician assistant, and registered nurse.

 

www.health.ny.gov/community/pregnancy/breastfeeding/medicaid_coverage/lactation_counseling_services.htm

 

Medicaid requires that breast pumps meet minimum specifications to be reimbursable through the NYS Medicaid program.

 

http://www.health.ny.gov/community/pregnancy/breastfeeding/medicaid_coverage/breast_pump_coverage.htm

 

http://www.health.ny.gov/community/pregnancy/breastfeeding/medicaid_coverage/minimum_breast_pump_specifications.htm

 

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

The CDC conducts a national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC).  The survey measures infant feeding related policies and practices showing facilities their strengths and areas that need improvement.  The survey results can be found on this link: 

www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/mpinc/index.htm

 

The Breastfeeding Report Card is an annual report providing perspectives on state and national trends in breastfeeding.  The report is broken down into Outcome Indicators and Process Indicators.  The report card can be found on this link:  www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/reportcard.htm

 

The Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS)

Reports on data, including breastfeeding, for low income children from birth to age 5.  This is used to evaluate the WIC Program.  More information can be found on this link:

www.cdc.gov/pednss/pednss_tables/tables_health_indicators.htm

 

 

 

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, USA

 

Breastfeeding friendly hospitals have the Baby Friendly designation. They comply with the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as outlined by UNICEF/WHO.  To learn more about Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and the Ten Steps, visit their website at:  www.babyfriendlyusa.org

 

There are four designated Baby Friendly Hospitals in NYS.

 

Rochester General Hospital, www.rochestergeneral.org

St. Joseph's Hospital, www.sjhsyr.org

Harlem Hospital, www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/harem/html/home/home.shtml

NYU Langone Medical Center, www.med.nyu.edu

 

 

 

New York City's Breastfeeding Initiative in its Hospitals

 

The New York City's Health and Hospitals Corportation has banned the discharge bags since 2007 and private hospitals are making similar committments.  Their most recent effort is "Latch on NYC".  This campaign will support mothers and limit the promotion of formula.  Ads will appear in subways and posters in hospitals. 

 

Learn more at

www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/pressroom/press-release-20120509-breastfeeding.shtml

 

The New York State WIC Program

 

As part of WIC's breastfeeding promotion and support program, WIC staff are parntering with their Health Care Providers to support breastfeeding.  They've developed a Partnering with WIC for Breastfeeding Success toolkit.  See more on this link:

 

www.health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic/breastfeeding/for_hcp.htm

 

 

The NYS WIC Program conducted an ad campaign, Breastfeeding...For My Baby. For Me.  Ads were featured on TV, bus shelters and interiors, and on the internet.