Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative
A quality improvement initiative to help Texas hospitals create environments in which women’s breastfeeding choices can best be supported, with the goal of increasing exclusive breastfeeding in the immediate postpartum period and continuing through six months of age.
June 2012 to September 2017
- Who: Up to 81 teams of Texas-based hospitals broken into three geographically-based cohorts.
- Funder: This project is supported by the Texas Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Title V.
- Our Role: Facilitate a Breakthrough Series Collaborative to apply quality improvement methodology to improve rates of exclusive breastfeeding in the state of Texas. Provide an environment for rapid cycle Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) testing and the robust exchange of ideas with the support of world-class perinatal and quality improvement experts.
Collaboration, QI Helping to Bring Better Breastfeeding Support to Hospitals
Two articles spotlight NICHQ-led projects that are helping improve breastfeeding practices.
Rooming-in: An Essential Evolution in American Maternity Care
The systematic use of nurseries in hospitals remains an expectation for many families, and now the move to rooming-in is challenging for the hospital staff and parents because many families do not understand the value of babies rooming-in with mothers.
Supporting Breastfeeding Across A Hospital System
The benefits of breastfeeding are well known, and supported by the World Health Organization, the Joint Commission, and many other healthcare accreditation and oversight agencies and experts. However, many hospitals struggle to create environments that support mothers who choose to breastfeed.
How to Get Leadership Support for Hospital-Based Breastfeeding Initiatives
Leadership support is a necessary foundation to any change effort. Without it, change agents find it nearly impossible to get the required resources and attention needed to move forward. How do you get that critical support? Read on to find out.
4 Tips for Reducing Formula Supplementation in the Hospital
When a patient recently delivered her second baby at Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Hospital in Houston, she was surrounded by a team dedicated to supporting her decision to breastfeed. The support, which began in the delivery room and continued after she returned home, made a difference.
Parent Partner Advice: Get Involved in Any Way That You Can!
Andrea Thompson is a parent partner on the quality improvement team for the Kingwood Medical Center in Kingwood, TX. Thompson has been extremely active with Kingwood’s breastfeeding support group, as well as its social media efforts to engage mothers. We recently sat down with the mother of a 3-year-old boy, Troy, to find out more about her role as a parent partner.