Hospital Lactation Support Learning Community

The California Breastfeeding Coalition is committed to helping California Perinatal Hospitals implement changes related to California Health & Safety Code 123367. The Health & Safety Code 123367 requires all general acute care hospitals and special hospitals with perinatal units to adopt, by January 1, 2025, The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as adopted by Baby-Friendly USA, per the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, or an alternate process adopted by a health care service plan that includes evidenced-based policies and practices and targeted outcomes, or the Model Hospital Policy Recommendations.

Learning Webinars – On-Demand Viewing

Each session offers expert information, showcase of successful hospital practices, facilitated shared learning and state-of-the-art resources. Staff/leadership encouraged to attend and review webinar recordings: Quality improvement; Supervisory Perinatal/Maternal/ LDRP/Newborn/NICU; Lactation Specialist; Safety and Quality; Educators; Outpatient/ Ambulatory; Triage.

To view recorded webinars, click on the webinar titles below. 

Mandatory California Hospital Infant Feeding Policy and Practice: Is Your Hospital on Track?

Date: July 21, 2022

Does your hospital infant-feeding policy meet current standards? How well do all your hospital staff adhere to the policy?

Objectives for this webinar: 

  1. Evaluate and update your hospital infant feeding policy using California Model Hospital Policy and WHO Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative guidelines and criteria.
  2. Identify key components of successful infant feeding policy implementation including staff adherence.
  3. Explore best practices in infant feeding policy continuous quality improvement.

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Continuing Education: The California WIC Association is offering units for RN (RN Contact Hours) & IBCLCs (CERPs). Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing Number CEP 16525. Provider approved by the IBCLE, Long Term Provider Number CLT 115-01. 1.0 CH/1.0 L-CERP/1.0 CPEU being finalized.

Once you have watched the webinar recording, please fill out and submit the webinar evaluation form to receive a printable certificate of attendance. 


Family Centered Culturally Responsive Implementation of Hospital Breastfeeding Care Practices

Date: August 12, 2021

Objectives for this webinar:

  1. Identify essential elements of sensitive family-centered and culturally responsive counseling that consider a patient’s social, cultural, and/or health related circumstances.
  2. Learn how hospitals can work with “Community Liaison” and other strategies to strengthen patient access to appropriate community care.
  3. Discuss ways to use breastfeeding performance measures to improve outcomes, care equity and patient satisfaction.

Implementing Skill-Based Breastfeeding Competency Training

Date: August 5, 2021

Objectives for this webinar:

  1. Summarize breastfeeding competencies as defined by current Baby-Friendly and California Model Policy guidance.
  2. Identify effective ways to implement and validate skills-based competencies.
  3. Learn steps and resources for developing and implementing a sustainable hospital training plan.

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Breastfeeding Metrics: Core Measures and Performance Planning

Date: July 29, 2021

Objectives for this webinar:

  1. Explain core and expanded breastfeeding metrics.
  2. Identify potential data measures for Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) performance improvement.
  3. Learn how other hospitals are addressing barriers using data.

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Why Baby-Friendly Designation Matters for California: The Countdown to 2025

Date: April 27, 2021

The webinar includes an educational session and hospital collaborative roundtable discussion. 


What is Baby-Friendly?

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and implemented in the United States by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA). The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative recognizes and awards birthing facilities which successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. The BFHI assists hospitals in giving all mothers the information, confidence, and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely, and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so.

Hospitals play a critical role in a mother’s success in breastfeeding initiation and in helping mothers continue to breastfeed after leaving their facilities. The BFHI focus is to make sure evidence-based maternity policies and practices are in place to support mothers who breastfeed their babies. Data shows that when the BFHI is implemented, exclusive breastfeeding rates increase overall, regardless of a mother’s race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

In addition, the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (2011) includes a call to improve maternity care practices. The Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Core Measures also includes an “Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding” Performance Measure.

California leads the nation with 95 hospitals and birth centers achieving the prestigious Baby-Friendly Hospital designation. We are proud to recognize these outstanding health care facilities for their commitment to world class maternity care.

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California’s Baby-Friendly Hospitals:


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