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 Thea Lacerte (

    Upcoming Events

    Winter Conference
    Wednesday, November 29th

    Our speaker is Mandy Belfort- we are so excited to have her! Please stay tuned for registration information.

    Thanks all for the great enthusiasm at the Spring Conference- we certainly learned a lot and cannot wait to see everyone again.

    Webinar for September
    Wednesday, September 20th
    3:00-4:00 pm

    Our next collaborative webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th from 3 to 4 pm. We will send out an agenda closer to the date. Below is the login information. We hope you will join us!

    Meeting number: 737 848 993

    Dial In:  1-866-503-4605 

    Conference Code: 189 604 1


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    Adriana Lopera,
    Mar 8, 2017, 7:26 AM