Action 8. Develop systems to guarantee continuity of skilled support for lactation between hospitals and health care settings in the community
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- Create comprehensive statewide networks for home- or clinic-based follow-up care to be provided to every newborn in the state
- Establish partnerships for integrated and continuous follow-up care after discharge from the hospital
- Establish and implement policies and programs to ensure that participants in WIC have services in place before discharge from the hospital
- Key Website Features: News Room, Advocacy HQ, and Coalitions Directory
- Learning Community: Continuity of Care Learning Community
- Webinar & Conference Archives: Continuity of Care
- Toolkit: Continuity of Care Connections (with Appendix A & B) and Appendix C
Action Activities: Cafes combine peer-support with IBCLC and skilled counselor care, and satisfy step 10 requirements of BFHI.A majority of Cafes are connected to a hospital or health-care organization.
Supporting Link: http://babycafeusa.org see: how to set up a cafe
Action Activities: The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute has developed a comprehensive evidenced-based prenatal education curriculum that includes a 28-page patient booklet and matching educator flip chart with suggested conversational text.
Supporting Link: https://goo.gl/lO8B7T
Action Activities: The Healthy Children Project works to increase continuity of breastfeeding care through training, consultation and research.
Supporting Link: http://www.healthychildren.cc/research.htm
Action Activities: The Human Milk Banking Association of North America has published new editions of the Best Practices for Expressing, Storing, and Handling Human Milk in Hospitals, Homes and Child Care Settings (Jones, Frances, 3rd Edition, 2011) featuring information about patient care with mother's own milk or donor human milk in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Emphasis include documentation, safe handling, and collection.
Supporting Link: https://www.hmbana.org/publications
Action Activities: ICEA provides breastfeeding information on the web site for resources for both parents and profession as well as a regularly updated facebook page and blog with current, evidence-based information
Supporting Link: http://icea.org
Action Activities: LLL provides both prenatal and postpartum skilled support in the communities serving as a resouce to hospitals. LLL offers skilled support throughout the entire breastfeeding experience from preparation during pregnancy through weaning. LLL support encompasses returning to employment, the introduction of complementary food and gradual weaning, to name just a few areas of LLL expertise.
Supporting Link: http://www.lllusa.org/about-us/
Action Activities: Mom2Mom Global Chapter Board Directors and Ambassadors are required to hold or obtain a LEAARC-accredited credential to hold leadership positions within our organization. As leaders of community support groups and trainers of peer supporter, and often volunteers within the MTFs in their local communities, Mom2Mom leadership bridges the gap between medical care settings and mothers in their local military communities.
Supporting Link: http://www.mom2momglobal.org
Action Activities: The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners has a representative on the National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition. This council advises the USDA regarding WIC and Commodity Supplemental Food Programs.
Action Activities: Provide links on our website for where mothers in Florida can seek breastfeeding help.
Supporting Link: http://flbreastfeeding.org/finding_help.htm
Action Activities: GBC is involved in initiating conversations and collaboration to address the issues surrounding the "breastfeeding desert"- the time from day 3 until week 6 to 8. There is little discussion or clinical support available to mothers readily offered and covered by all systems, (private pay, Medicaid, etc), and we are working to raise awareness of this issue.
Action Activities: Using tools developed by the USBC, the KBC assists hospitals working towards the Baby-Friendly Hospital designation to fully implement Steps 3 & 10 to improve breastfeeding support prenatally and postpartum. These same tools have also been used on the community level to identify gaps in the landscape of breastfeeding support and to "tighten-up" the continuity of breastfeeding care that a parent receives in that community.
Supporting Link: http://ksbreastfeeding.com/cause/continuity-of-care/
Action Activities: The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition has developed downloadable prenatal and pediatric toolkits for improving patient outcomes through enhanced lactation support.
Supporting Link: http://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org/pediatric-toolkit/
Action Activities: Our Addressing Gaps work force, a part of our Second Goal Task Force, hopes to
•Work with collaborating organizations to develop a training continuum or career path so those starting out as Continuing Breastfeeding Educators are encouraged and empowered to keep learning, growing as breastfeeding advocates, educators, supporters.
•Visit with OB offices, provide more up to date information from WHO and other resources as to the best breast feeding practices to encourage women and their families to persue breastfeeding
•Continue to offer webinars and seminars to keep up to date on the most current information in regards to breastfeeding.
•Enlist the help of the NE AAP, NE Acad Fam Physicians, NE Acad OB (?).
•Address gaps from evidence-based practices
•Offer continuing education for providers
Action Activities: The NH Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Collaborative Subcommittee has conducted education and outreach in outpatient prenatal settings and facilitated relationship-building between those settings and hospitals.