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Continuity of Care

Congratulations to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas’ first hospital designated as “Baby-Friendly.” Wesley Medical Center was awarded a Best Fed Beginnings grant to help improve maternity care and increase the number of Baby-Friendly hospitals in the United States. 90 grants were awarded nationwide and Wesley Medical Center was the only Kansas hospital to receive funding. We greatly appreciate the commitment they have made to health and breastfeeding experiences of their moms and babies.

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition was awarded a grant from the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) to implement a “Continuity of Care” project in Wichita. The purpose of this project was to assist Wesley Medical Center in their efforts to achieve the “Baby Friendly Hospital” designation as part of the Best Fed Beginnings Collaborative. The Continuity of Care project focuses specifically on Steps 3 and 10 of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding which address prenatal and post-discharge support.

Project Contact:
Jolynn Dowling Jolynn.dowling@wichita.edu


Hospital Improvement Projects and Resources:

The following programs are not administered by the KBC.

High 5 for Mom & Baby

High 5 for Mom & Baby is designed to help hospitals improve their maternity care through implementation of five evidence based maternity care practices that support breastfeeding success. High 5 for Mom & Baby provides hospitals with free staff training, scholarships toward becoming an IBCLC and on-going technical assistance. For more information contact Gwen Whittit, Program Coordinator at coordinator@high5kansas.org.

Ban the Bags

Ban the Bags is a national campaign to stop formula company marketing in maternity hospitals. Studies have shown that formula sales campaigns undermine mothers who choose to breastfeed, and co-opt medical professionals to promote expensive brand-name formula. A recent study showed that the vast majority of top-ranked hospitals in the U.S. have ended or substantially limited formula marketing to new mothers.

Additional resources:

Visit www.banthebags.org to download their Tool Kit and learn more about the impact of formula discharge bags on breastfeeding.