Continuity of Care Constellation
Steward: National Association of County & City Health Officials (Emily Bernard)
Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support
The Continuity of Care Constellation recognizes that protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding requires the involvement of many where families live, work and play. Families require supportive individuals, community environments and organizations to have a feasible, positive and successful breastfeeding experience.
We recognize the breastfeeding experience encompasses more than just a parent and child. All involved must be given consistent messaging and support through an integrated referral system, to the appropriate level of support, throughout the entire breastfeeding experience.
Continuity of Care for breastfeeding removes the burden from families to seek their own education and support. To do this, it must be properly coordinated with warm hand offs through the responsible individuals, stakeholders, community environments and providers engaged in protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
Continuity of Care for Breastfeeding brings equity to education and support by removing instances of breastfeeding families falling through the cracks due to systems, policy or care issues as well as transitions across various types of care and support.
Constellation Charter Statement:
The Continuity of Care Constellation has come together to advance the understanding and importance of application of tools and best practices to engage all opportunities to connect and support those in need of breastfeeding support and education. Families live, work and play in a variety of places and need help to avoid falling through the cracks due to systems, policy or care issues as well as transitions across various types of care and support.
The future goals of the Constellation are that:
By December 31, 2019 an outline will be complete, showcasing the various entities that matter to continuity of care across a broad spectrum, such as the Surgeon General’s Call to Action,
By June 30, 2020 a blueprint for action will be complete consisting of a framework to better define various areas of continuity of care and how it functions throughout a community with recommendations for stakeholders and communities.