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The Joint Commission urges mothers to “Speak Up” about breastfeeding

In March 2002, The Joint Commission, together with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, launched a national campaign to urge patients to take a role in preventing health care errors by becoming active, involved and informed participants on the health care team. The “Speak Up” program features brochures, posters and buttons on a variety of patient safety topics. One of these topics is breastfeeding. Brochures in English and Spanish and a poster urge mothers to become more informed and involved in their care regarding breastfeeding. Suggestions and guidelines regarding what to ask for in the prenatal period, in the hospital, and following discharge urge mothers to be proactive in their approach to securing help with breastfeeding. All of the materials are free of charge and can be downloaded from www.jointcommission.org/Speakup_breastfeeding/

 

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