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  • Maternal breastfeeding has been widely accepted as the gold standard for infant nutrition during the first six months of life.1
  • Healthy People 2020 goals:

– 89.1% initiation of breastfeeding

– 60.6% breastfeeding for 6 months

– 32.4% breastfeeding for 1 year1

  • Global promotion of breastfeeding though Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

– Started by WHO and UNICEF in 1991 to assist hospitals in facilitating and promoting breastfeeding

– Provides education and skill building for all levels of staff

– Recognizes hospitals providing optimal care for infant nutrition2

  • While the rates of breastfeeding have increased nationally since 1990, the rates among African American women lag behind those of White and Hispanic women. 3
  • To determine if patterns at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) mirror national trends, we performed a retrospective chart review to analyze how breastfeeding rates differed between African American and White patients.
  • This will provide a standard against which to measure future breastfeeding rates and trends in this patient population.