• 02.19.2015

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched EMPower Breastfeeding: Enhancing Maternity Practices (EMPower), a three-year hospital-based quality improvement initiative focusing on maternity practices. EMPower is designed to support 100 hospitals in the achievement of Baby-Friendly USA designation. It was developed in partnership with Abt Associates, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, Center for Public Health Quality, and Baby-Friendly USA.  Hospitals will be selected to participate based on set criteria designed to address issues of equitable access to maternity care that optimally supports mothers to be able to breastfeed.

    The application is available on the EMPower website. Hospital Recruitment webinars will be held on February 24 at 3 p.m. and February 26 at 2 p.m. For additional information on the initiative and how hospitals can apply, please visit http://EMPowerbreastfeeding.org.

  • 01.06.2015

    Insurance Coverage of Breast PumpsBreast Pumps–MA, MCO coverage criteria12.17.14Effective 8/1/12 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) expanded health plan coverage to include breastfeeding support and supplies. Breast pump coverage will vary among insurance plans, so check with your insurance policy handbook or call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card to find out the details of your benefits. Some insurance companies were grandfathered out of this requirement, but this number should dwindle over time. Before calling your insurance company we recommend you talk with an individual knowledgeable about breastfeeding (such as a lactation consultant) about which pump is best for your situation. This is especially important if your baby is in the NICU or you plan on returning to work and will need to pump on a regular basis to build up or maintain your milk supply. Often insurance companies require a “Letter of Medical Necessity” or a prescription from your healthcare provider. You can find a sample letter here.

    For more information on insurance coverage of breast pumps, click here. For information on Federal support, click here.

  • 11.07.2014

    Twelve area businesses received this honor as part of the D.C. Breastfeeding Coalition’s 10th Anniversary celebration on October 17, 2014. They, along with the 43 previous awardees serve as role models of support for breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. This year, a new award category (Breastfeeding Friendly Healthcare Provider Awards) was also created to recognize Healthcare Providers whose offices go the extra mile to provide support for breastfeeding families. To see the press release click here. To view the past and current awardees click here.


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Renowned expert on skin to skin immediately after delivery lecturing in Maryland/DC! .

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Maryland celebrates breastfeeding in August.

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Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Goes Baby Friendly
Congratulations to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for becoming the first Maryland hospital to achieve prestigious Baby Friendly status!

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