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New in 2022

The Pennsylvania Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Coalition and Pennsylvania Department of Health have received a Sustaining Innovations in Breastfeeding Support grant from the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials. This grant will enable the organizations to align efforts and build on the strategic initiatives of the PABC Equity Workgroup by educating policy makers about chest/breastfeeding barriers and providing them with proactive solutions to increase breastfeeding equity among Black and Hispanic mothers. The goals of this project are to create a Community Lactation Support Network and educate policy makers about Medicaid Reimbursement for Lactation Support. PA AAP and PABC will be reaching out to community partners to compile culturally congruent lactation support resources across the state.


Public Health Policies

Healthcare Policies

  • The Joint Commission made changes to breast milk feeding performance measures PC-05a and PC-05 effective October 2015. To learn more about these performance measures 

  • The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality is leading a nationwide effort to help hospitals become Baby Friendly.

  • United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF):recommendations have been adopted by Bright Futures, an initiative of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Bright Futures recommendations are supported and coordinated by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • AAP Breastfeeding Policy Statement on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk states that “Breastfeeding and human milk are the normative standards for infant feeding and nutrition.”

  • Disaster Planning Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Breastfeeding in Emergencies Protecting promoting and supporting breastfeeding is a key intervention to protect infant and young child health, development and survival in emergencies. 

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