Breastfeeding is the natural step after pregnancy and delivery, so why doesn't it always
seem so natural? Research has shown that the way we manage deliveries and care for
mothers and babies after delivery can effect breastfeeding, for better or for worse. The links
below provide insight into which maternity care practices can either help or hinder successful
breastfeeding. But first, see how Kentucky's maternity care ranked in the 2007 Maternity
Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey.
Maternity Care Practices
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is a movement developed by UNICEF and the World
Health Organization to help hospitals implement the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
Recommendations that help promote and protect exclusive breastfeeding.