Mothers Own Milk (MOM) Initiative
Breast milk is the optimal source of nutrition for babies, especially those under 1,500 grams at birth. Benefits include improved gastrointestinal maturity, better feeding tolerance and reduced risk of life-threatening infections such as sepsis and necrotizing enterocolitis. Infants fed human milk have lower mortality, better visual development, fewer chronic diseases later in life (including obesity, diabetes, asthma and cancer) and higher IQ scores. Breast feeding promotes mother-infant bonding, improves mother's health, and reduces length of stay and health care costs.
However, only 45.7% of very low birth weight infants cared for in Florida NICUs in 2013 received any breast milk through discharge. FPQC proposes an evidence-based statewide NICU quality improvement initiative to determine and remove barriers to human milk use for these at-risk infants.
Increase the number of very low birth weight infants in Florida's NICUs who receive at least 50% of their feedings as mothers own milk at discharge.
- Establishing Supply
- Maintaining Supply
- Transitioning to the Breast
MOM Initiative: May 2016 - June 2018
- News Story on the MOM Initiative Kick-Off and Breastfeeding Resource Nurse Trainings with Diane Spatz
- FPQC offers on-site consultations/Grand Rounds educational presentations to MOM Initiative hospitals - contact us to request one!
MOM Resources and Tool Box
We have two Resource pages on Mother's Own Milk in the NICU:
1. Breastfeeding Resources for Mothers and Healthcare Providers are available here. This page may be shared widely with families and care providers.
2. Resources for hospital teams working on the MOM Initiative are in the online Tool Box. Please click here to access the MOM Initiative's online Tool Box.
MOM Archived WebinarsJune 21, 2016 - Data Collection
January 12, 2017 - Improving Lactation Success in Mothers of VLBW Infants with Dr. Leslie Parker: View Recording - Download Slides
March 2, 2017 – Breastfeeding Peer Counselors in the NICU with Dr. Paula Meier: View Recording - Download Slides
April 6, 2017 - Supporting Kangaroo Care in Your NICU: View Recording - Download Slides
June 1, 2017 - Role of WIC in Supporting MOM for VLBWs: View Recording - Download Slides
October 12, 2017 - MOM NICU Journeys: Part III (South Florida): View Recording - Download Slides
December 7, 2017 - Getting to Goal: >50% of Feeding Volume at Discharge: View Recording - Download Slides
Participating Hospital NICUs
Baptist Children's Hospital
Brandon Regional Hospital
Broward Health Medical Center/Children's Hospital
Broward Health Coral Springs
Florida Hospital for Children
Florida Hospital Tampa
Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida
Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center
Halifax Health Medical Center
Holtz Children's Hospital at UM Jackson Memorial
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Kendall Regional Medical Center
Manatee Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital West
Morton Plant Hospital
Naples Community Hospital
North Florida Regional Medical Center
Plantation General Hospital
South Miami Hospital
St. Mary's Medical Center and Palm Beach Children's Hospital
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
Tampa General Hospital
UF Health Jacksonville
Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies
Winter Haven Women's Hospital