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Implementing The Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding


This toolkit, published by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, addresses the Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding.

Part 1: Guidelines for Data Collection is designed to aid hospitals and maternity facilities in accurate collection of data needed to comply with this measure.

Part 2: Implementing Practices That Improve Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding focuses on improving adherence to evidence-based best practices, which is ultimately reflected in rates of exclusive breast milk feeding. Recommendations for evidence-based best practices are provided in the following areas:
  • Labor and delivery care
  • Postpartum care
  • Facility discharge care
  • Staff training
  • Structural and organizational aspects of care delivery


United States Breastfeeding Committee

Funding Sources

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau

QualityTool Topic


Links to National Guideline Clearinghouse or National Quality Measures Clearinghouse:

This tool is derived from the following measure in the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC): Perinatal care: percentage of newborns that were fed breast milk only during the newborn's entire hospitalization:


  • Release Date: 2010
  • Review Date: 2013
  • Recent Summary: 08/2014
  • Original Summary: 03/2011
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Last updated: August 27, 2014.