Breastfeeding at discharge

Breastfeeding – percentage of neonates discharged on breast milk (all infants)

Why we measure it - We know that breast milk provides many health and emotional benefits for both mother and baby. However, in many cases, premature birth can pose barriers to breastfeeding. We measure breastfeeding rates to ensure that we are succeeding in overcoming these challenges and providing the best nutrition to the babies in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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What this means - At Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the Fox Valley, a high percentage of infants are discharged home on breast milk.

About the data - This data includes all neonates admitted to the NICU and discharged home between 2009 and 2012. The data was collected in accordance with data definitions governed by Vermont Oxford Network (VON). VON is a nonprofit voluntary collaboration of more than 900 NICUs around the world. Its database provides unique, reliable and confidential data about the care and outcomes of high-risk newborns.


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How we provide the best care

  • We have certified lactation consultants on staff to assist mothers with all their breastfeeding needs.
  • Our lactation team sponsors weekly Moms and Milk Club meetings for mothers who are breastfeeding.
  • We provide pumps and private rooms for expressing breast milk. Our pump technology is specially designed for the mothers of premature infants.

Patient advocacy

  • Ask to speak with a lactation consultant if you have any breastfeeding needs or concerns.
  • Be an advocate for your child. Participate in daily bedside clinical discussions, and provide any information about your child that may be helpful to staff. 
  • Follow medical instructions fully and carefully. 
  • Ask questions if you don't understand the plan of care or if you are not sure how to care for your child.
  • Attend any and all follow-up appointments.