Breastfeeding and New Jersey Maternity Hospitals:
A Comparative Report
For Further Information, Contact: Florence Rotondo, Breastfeeding Coordinator
WIC Program, PO Box 364, Trenton, NJ 08625-0364
Breastfeeding is universally accepted as optimal for infant, maternal and public health— it provides superior nutrition, prevents disease, and enhances infant development. The choice to breastfeed is personal, but that choice can either be supported or undermined by what happens in the hospital in the first few days after delivery.
2011 hospital comparisons [PDF 629k] are now available (tables only). The report summarizes the evidence and rationale for making New Jersey’s maternity hospitals the focus of efforts to increase breastfeeding among all new mothers, and describes the methodology that accounts for patient mix differences among hospitals.
Baby-Friendly USA promotes a model self-assessment tool and a list of resources that will allow hospitals to begin the process of enhancing breastfeeding through their core maternity care policies and practices.
The report was produced by the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program, with endorsement by:
New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
New Jersey Office on Women’s Health
New Jersey Office on Nutrition and Fitness
New Jersey Breastfeedi ng Task Force, Inc.
Department of Health P. O. Box 360,
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360 Our Locations