Breastfeeding Friendly Maternity Centers

Breastfeeding Friendly Maternity Centers

Hospital maternity care centers have a new way to be recognized for their leadership in promoting and supporting breastfeeding.

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The Minnesota Breastfeeding Friendly Maternity Center Designation Program recognizes maternity centers statewide that have taken steps toward implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and achieving Baby-Friendly designation.

The journey to accomplishing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as defined by the World Health Organization and Baby-Friendly USA, is a unique and incremental process for each maternity center to promote and support breastfeeding and best infant feeding practices. The Minnesota Department of Health recognizes facilities that have completed all Ten Steps with the Minnesota Mother-Baby Ten STEPS Award. It also recognizes facilities that are making progress toward implementing the Ten Steps through the Five-Star Designation program.

Why apply

  • Demonstrate your center’s excellence in maternity care practices and infant feeding
  • Promote your facility as supporting nursing mothers
  • Be recognized for supporting a continuum of improvement in maternity care practices
  • Build momentum to implementing all Ten Steps and Baby-Friendly designation

Minnesota Mother-Baby Ten STEPS Award

The Minnesota Mother-Baby Ten STEPS Award recognizes facilities that have implemented all Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and attained Baby-Friendly designation (from Baby-Friendly USA).

Congratulations to our Ten Step Awardees.

How to apply

Facilities that have implemented all Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding AND attained Baby-Friendly designation (from Baby-Friendly USA) can submit an expedited application for the Five-Star Designation and the Minnesota Mother-Baby Ten STEPS Award.

Five-Star Designation

The Five-Star Designation award recognizes maternity centers in Minnesota that have taken steps toward implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and encourages progress toward achieving the Baby-Friendly designation. The program celebrates each milestone by awarding maternity centers one star for every two steps achieved, for a total of five stars.

How to apply

The application forms for the Five-Star Designation program align with the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. For every two of the Ten Steps achieved, maternity centers receive one star. The steps may be completed in any order. Star designation is valid for up to three years (or until a Baby-Friendly designation expires).

Questions?
For more information, contact Linda Dech, MPH, IBCLC, at linda.dech@state.mn.us or 651-201-3649.  

The Minnesota Department of Health thanks the North Carolina Department of Public Health's Nutrition Services Branch for generously allowing Minnesota to adopt this program. The technical assistance provided has been invaluable and is much appreciated.

Updated Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 09:18AM