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.
We have two Resource pages on Mother's Own Milk in the NICU:
1. Breastfeeding Educational Resources for Mothers and Healthcare Providers. 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 for Hospital Implementation.
September 1, 2016 - Access to Breast Pumps: View Recording - Download Slides
October 6, 3016 - Supporting Milk Supply: View Recording - Download Slides
November 3, 2016 - Staff Education: View Recording - Download Slides
December 1, 2016 - Getting the Most Out of Your MOM QI Data Reports: View Recording - Download Slides - Download PDSA worksheet
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
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