Great Beginnings NY Breastfeeding Webinar Series

In fall 2013, the initiative, Great Beginnings NY, The Future Starts with Breastfeeding, was launched to ensure that mothers are better supported in meeting their breastfeeding goals during the birth hospitalization.  Hospitals outside of New York City providing maternity care services were invited to participate in this initiative and take the responsibility of ensuring the following four evidence-based strategies are in place at their hospital:

  1. Ensuring breastfeeding infants do not receive supplementation (infant formula, water, glucose water) unless medically indicated or at the request of the mother, and documented in the infant’s medical chart;
  • Educating mothers on the impact of non-medically indicated supplementation on breastfeeding success;
  • Discontinuing the distribution of free infant formula including discharge packs, and the provision of infant formula promotional materials in any hospital location and as part of patient education; and
  • Providing all breastfeeding mothers with post-discharge lactation support and referrals.
The webinars support these strategies.

Click the title of each module to access the videos and handouts.