Human Milk Initiative

Massachusetts Human Milk Quality Improvement Collaborative
    The NeoQIC Human Milk Quality Improvement Collaborative is a state-wide consortium of level 3 NICUs focused on improvements in breast milk use for very low birth weight infants.  The collaborative provides on-going education in QI, breastfeeding practices, and data sharing. This project will serve as a pilot to develop an effective model of breastfeeding improvement in NICUs with the development of replicable QI toolkits and culturally-appropriate learning materials that will be disseminated nationally. Specifically, the collaborative’s goals are to:
    • Improve rate of any breast milk at NICU discharge or transfer among all VLBW Infants by 20% 
      from baseline.
    • Improve rate of exclusive breast milk use at NICU discharge or transfer among all VLBW infants by 20% from baseline. 
    • Work to reduce differences in breast milk use according to race/ethnicity among VLBW infants 
    The collaborative is funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. We have also partnered with several other organizations in the state, including the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, Mother’s Milk Bank Northeast, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Specifically, this project is 1 of 6 projects supported by a recent Center for Disease Control-sponsored, Perinatal Quality Collaborative grant program awarded to the MA Department of Public Health.  

    For more information, please contact Meg Parker (, Laura Burnham (, or Adriana Lopera (

    Upcoming Events

    Spring Conference
    May 30, 2017
    9:00 am-5:00 pm
    Massachusetts Medical Society
    860 Winter St.,Waltham, MA

    Keynote Speaker:
    Jane Morton, MD
    Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Emerita
    Stanford University
    Webinar for Level 2 NICUs
    April 18, 2017
    1:00-2:00 pm

    This webinar will give an overview of the Human Milk Initiative currently underway among Level 3 NICUs in MA and its progress. We will also discuss the needs of Level 2 NICUs in this topic area and potential ways to become involved in the initiative. 

    Conference Code: 592 065 250
    Dial-in: 1-866-503-4605
    Conference Code: 193-753-0


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