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Hospital Breastfeeding Policy Recommendations

Maryland’s hospitals are working with the state to promote breastfeeding that
is not only initiated but sustained, for the health and well being of both mothers and babies. All 32 of Maryland’s hospitals that deliver babies have signed a Letter of Commitment to meet the Maryland Hospital Breastfeeding Policy Recommendations, developed with the hospital field by the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, or to complete the process of becoming certified under the World Health Organization’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.


Recognizing the health value of breastfeeding as well as the vital role hospitals play in the success of breastfeeding, DHMH worked with the field to develop
policy recommendations that strengthen and improve current maternity care practices in support of breastfeeding. The recommendations focus on strategies like communicating written breastfeeding policies to all hospital staff, informing all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding, and more.

For more information about DHMH's guidelines, please click here.

To view the full DHMH Breastfeeding Policy Recommendations, please click here.