Quality statement 6: Breastfeeding

Quality statement

Mothers of babies receiving specialist neonatal care are supported to start and continue breastfeeding, including being supported to express milk.

Quality measure

Structure: Evidence of a written local policy on breastfeeding and expressing milk for babies receiving specialist neonatal care.

Outcomes:

a) Proportion of babies born at less than 33 weeks of gestation who receive specialist neonatal care who are breastfed when discharged from hospital.

Numerator – the number of babies breastfed when discharged from hospital.

Denominator – the number of babies born at less than 33 weeks of gestation receiving specialist neonatal care and discharged from hospital.

b) Proportion of babies born at less than 33 weeks of gestation who remain in hospital and still receive their mother's breast milk at 6 weeks.

Numerator – the number of babies receiving their mother's breast milk at 6 weeks.

Denominator – the number of babies born at less than 33 weeks of gestation, receiving specialist neonatal care and remaining in hospital at 6 weeks.

What the quality statement means for each audience

Service providers ensure implementation of a local policy on breastfeeding and expressing milk for babies in specialist neonatal care.

Healthcare professionals ensure all mothers of babies receiving specialist neonatal care are supported to start and continue breastfeeding, including support to express milk.

Commissioners ensure services audit their compliance against agreed standards on supporting mothers to start and continue breastfeeding, including support to express milk.

Mothers of babies receiving specialist neonatal care can expect to be offered support to start and continue to breastfeed, including support to express milk.

Data source

Structure: Local data collection. Contained within the Picker Institute Europe's neonatal survey.

Outcome:

a) Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health National Neonatal Audit Programme produces figures on feeding status at discharge for babies born at less than 33 weeks of gestation. Also contained within the Picker Institute Europe's neonatal survey.

b) Local data collection.