• 05.20.2015

    Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition is preparing to launch a Breastfeeding Welcome Here campaign to foster a supportive environment for mothers to breastfeed their babies in public. Through the campaign, local businesses will place a “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” logo in clear view for all to see upon entering the business establishment. The businesses will be encouraged to take a pledge to provide a welcoming environment, where breastfeeding mothers may sit in any area open to the general public and enjoy a friendly attitude from staff and management while breastfeeding. Staff members will also be trained on how to handle complaints about breastfeeding, and will inform those who raise concerns that breastfeeding in public is protected by Maryland law. The aim of the campaign is to build public awareness and acceptance of breastfeeding in public and to increase breastfeeding duration by empowering women to breastfeed in public in safe locations.

  • 05.09.2015

    On the Road to Improved Breastfeeding Support” provides an explanation of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). This module was created by the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition and is directed toward private practice healthcare providers. It clarifies how the BFHI is aimed at improving breastfeeding support for mothers and babies who initiate breastfeeding to provide for them the best chance to succeed in this venture. Learn more about the BFHI and breastfeeding supportive care, including information on how the BFHI supports non-breastfed infants, and how healthcare providers can easily work in conjunction with hospitals as they improve practices to achieve better health outcomes for our littlest patients.

  • 01.06.2015

    Effective 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.


Funding Opportunity for Maryland Businesses
The CDC has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement to provide funding for businesses to create or improve a supportive environment for breastfeeding women. Up to $2500 per business is available. There will be up to 12 awards. Two core requirements are that applicants become a member of Healthiest Maryland Businesses and that they adopt a breastfeeding support policy for employees. Application deadline is June 5th.
Click here for announcement.
MedStar Franklin Square Hospital Goes Baby Friendly
Congratulations to MedStar Franklin Square Hospital for becoming Maryland’s 2nd hospital to achieve prestigious Baby Friendly status!
This is a remarkable achievement and recognizes a hospital that has set and reached incredible standards for supporting breastfeeding. They join Shady Grove Adventist Hospital as the only two hospitals to have attained that honor.
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UMMS Awarded EMPowerment Grant
University of Maryland Medical System recently received a NICHQ EMPowerment grant. EMPower Breastfeeding: Enhancing Maternity Practices (EMPower) is a three-year hospital-based quality improvement initiative focusing on maternity practices. Only 100 hospitals across the country received this grant.