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Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

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Mothers Own Milk (MOM) Initiative

Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

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.

Project Aim:

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.

Project AimProject Foci:

  • Intent
  • Establishing Supply
  • Maintaining Supply
  • Transitioning to the Breast



  • MOM Project's Sustainability Phase has come to an end, but you can continue to track your data! Visit the Tool Box to download Data tools: Excel spreadsheet for Infants >1500g and Excel Spreadsheet for Infants <1500g
  • 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 Educational Resources for Mothers and Healthcare Providers. This page may be shared widely with families and care providers. 

    Breastfeeding Educational Resources Webpage

    2. Resources for hospital teams working on the MOM Initiative are in the online Tool Box for Hospital Implementation. 

    MOM Initiative Hospital Tool Box

    Recently added: 

    • "Maintaining Milk Supply" short educational presentation for your staff
    • Data Entry and Display Excel Spreadsheet on MOM measures for hospital use
  • MOM Archived Webinars

    June 21, 2016 - Data Collection

    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

    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

    July 6, 2017 - MOM NICU Journeys: Part I (North Florida): View Recording - Download Slides

    August 3, 2017 - MOM NICU Journeys: Part II (West Florida): 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

    January 18, 2018 - Practical Strategies for Neonatologists to Promote NICU's EffortsView Recording - Download Slides

    April 5, 2018 - Taking a SPIN Around the NICU: View Recording - Download Slides

    June 7, 2018 - Moving to Sustainability of MOM: View Recording - Download Slides

    November 1, 2018 - MOM Sustainability-Lets keep moving forward: View Recording - Download Slides

    February 7, 2019 - Using Data to Chart Our Progress: 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