• 10.18.2015

    Mothers in Maryland will no longer leave the hospital with a free discharge bag of infant formula. To encourage breastfeeding, all of the state’s maternity hospitals have ended formula giveaways. This practice is a critical step toward increasing breastfeeding rates. Maryland has paved the way for healthier children, healthier mothers, and a healthier population. Please see the latest press release.


MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Goes Baby Friendly
Congratulations to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for becoming Maryland’s 7th hospital to achieve prestigious Baby Friendly Hospital status! This is a remarkable achievement and recognizes hospitals that have set and reached incredible standards for supporting breastfeeding. Click here for more information on Baby Friendly Hospitals.
Free CME – DHMH Sponsored Breastfeeding Webinars
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has posted a series of six 1-hour pre-taped webinars. DHMH worked with MBC to identify speakers and topics.
Maryland mPINC Score Rising
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) assesses infant feeding care processes, policies, and expectations of staff in maternity care settings. The state of Maryland’s mPINC score has been improving over the past few years. It increased from 61 in 2007 to 82 in 2015, and is now 13th out of 53. For more information on mPINC, view the report and watch the video developed by the CDC.