Monday, December 15, 2008

National Quality Forum endorses exclusive breastfeeding

The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a not-for-profit public/private membership organization created to develop and implement a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting. NQF was created as a mechanism to bring about national health care policy improvement.

Therefore, it is a boon to breastfeeding that this group calls for all healthy babies (non-NICU) to be exclusively breastfed throughout their hospital stay and at discharge. They note that this will mean facility, integrated system, and/or community quality improvement changes.
We of the breastfeeding support community know that institution of the Ten Steps will certainly pave the way!
Kudos to NQF for the recognition of this important intervention as part of perinatal care standards. To see all the perinatal quality improvements, see:
http://www.qualityforum.org/news/releases/102708-endorsed-measures-pc.asp

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