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CDC Report Card

The new CDC Report Card published in 2020 has great breastfeeding data from the US and Georgia.  For more information go to their website -https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/pdf/2020-Breastfeeding-Report-Card-H.pdf.


CDC mPINC Survey

mPINC is CDC’s National Survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care.  They send out survey questions to birthing facilities to measure infant feeding care practices, policies, and staffing expectations in place at hospitals that provide maternity services.  Every other year the CDC invites all maternity hospitals in the US to participate in the mPINC survey.  In 2018, 56% of eligible Georgia hospitals took part.  For more information on how our hospitals are doing click the link. 

https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/pdf/mpinc/states/2018/georgia-2018-mpinc-report.pdf

Baby Friendly Facilities in Georgia 

We now have more than 500 Baby Friendly facilities in the US.  In Georgia we have 16 Baby Friendly hospitals:  


  1. DeKalb Medical, Decatur 2014
  2. Emory University Hospital Midtown, Atlanta 2015
  3. Doctors Hospital, Augusta 2015
  4. Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta 2015
  5. Piedmont Henry Hospital, Stockbridge 2015
  6. WellStar Cobb Hospital, Austell 2016
  7. Gwinnett Medical Center, Lawrenceville 2017
  8. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany 2017
  9. Candler Hospital, Savannah 2017
  10. Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah 2017
  11. Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta 2017
  12. Tift Regional Medical Center, Tifton 2018
  13. St. Francis Hospital, Columbus 2018
  14. Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens 2018
  15. Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick 2019
  16. Wellstar Douglas Hospital , Douglasville 2019

Become a Breastfeeding- Friendly Certified Pediatrician

February 2021


Greetings Georgia Pediatricians!

We are excited to announce our new Breastfeeding-Friendly Pediatrician Certification Program.
Further details are explained in our recent Breastfeeding-Friendly Pediatrician webinar recording here.
If you are ready to take the next steps to becoming more breastfeeding-friendly, please complete the interest form here.
If you know a pediatrician who may be interested, please share this information!

We look forward to helping you become a breastfeeding-friendly pediatrician, and gain recognition for it! 😊



New Breastfeeding Articles


January 2021 


See Dr.  Andrea B. Joyner's excellent collaboration opinion piece via American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists on Breastfeeding Challenges


One of our very own EPIC Advisory Committee members, Dr. Victoria Green recently co-authored a new article in the Breastfeeding Medicine Journal: The Historical, Psychosocial, and Cultural Context of Breastfeeding in the African American Community.



Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2020


World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7, kicking off a month of breastfeeding awareness.  As we continue to reckon with the COVID-19 pandemic, breastfeeding families need our support more than ever.  Breastfeeding is important to the health of infants, mothers and families.  Beyond the health benefits, breastfeeding is a climate-smart decision.   Here are several ways you and your practice can celebrate:

Join the Breastfeeding Committee

The Chapter has recently organized a Breastfeeding Committee, chaired by Dr. Tarayn Fairlie, and invites you to join your colleagues in breastfeeding advocacy and education.  This dynamic group plans quarterly virtual meetings and already has identified several projects to work on.  Join by emailing Claire Eden at ceden@gaaap.org

Attend an EPIC Breastfeeding program! Check out our special World Breastfeeding Week EPIC ® Breastfeeding Fundamentals: Supporting Parents’ Choice to Breastfeed Webinar on Tuesday, August 4 at 12:30 pm. If you haven’t had a chance to participate in one of our webinars yet this summer, this is a great opportunity to participate in our all-new EPIC® Breastfeeding curriculum including concrete steps to take to make your practice breastfeeding friendly.  Invite your staff and colleagues to register as well!  If you can’t make the webinar, consider requesting an Educating Physicians & Practices in their Communities (EPIC ®) Program for your office. These programs offer CME and nursing contact hours and include an electronic resource kit.

You may request a program for your office at www.GaEPIC.org 
To register for our special World Breastfeeding Week webinar, please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4307303125492930575

Decorate your office or waiting area.  This year’s theme is Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet. You can find more information at www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org
Better yet, make “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” signs that you can leave up all year! Free printables here:  https://kellymom.com/blog-post/breastfeeding-welcome-here/
Make certificates or goodie bags for your breastfeeding patients. Include candy or healthy snacks, a board book to read to baby, or customized promotion items for your practice. A reusable water bottle would go well with this year’s theme.
Check out the latest information on COVID-19 and breastfeeding. The DC Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting a free webinar for World Breastfeeding Week on COVID-19 and early post-partum breastfeeding, with very distinguished faculty, on August 7.  Please visit their website to register asap: http://www.dcbfc.org/. Review the new updated AAP clinical guidance on the management of infants born to mothers with COVID-19 here https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/faqs-management-of-infants-born-to-covid-19-mothers/
Visit Zipmilk.org to learn about who provides breastfeeding support in your community so you can refer families to peer support, clinical support, or other breastfeeding friendly healthcare providers in their neighborhood.
Get involved with the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition!  Sign up for the mailing list  at www.GeorgiaBreastfeedingCoalition.org