Measure Status: Active
Measurement Category: Category 1: measuring quantity of effort (counts and "yes/no" activities)
Service Type: Bottom level: public health services and systems
Service Recipient: Activities related to systems-building
Goal: To provide up-to-date, evidence-informed direction for DSHS programs about infant nutrition and feeding and to make explicit to interested partners and stakeholders the public health importance of breastfeeding and the DSHS position on infant feeding
Numerator: Yes: The DSHS Position Statement on Infant Feeding is reviewed and updated in FY2019
No: The DSHS Position Statement on Infant Feeding is not reviewed and updated in FY2019
Significance: Breastfeeding is a public health priority. Suboptimal breastfeeding is associated with poor maternal and child health and developmental outcomes, including increased risk of acute and chronic morbidities, increased risk of infant death, and premature maternal and child deaths due to increased risk of several chronic diseases. Suboptimal breastfeeding results in an estimated annual loss in the U.S. of >$17 billion in excess maternal and child health care costs and lost productivity. While the vast majority of Texas mothers choose to breastfeed, fewer than half will breastfeed for as long as they want to.
The U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding calls for action in public health infrastructure to improve leadership on the promotion and support of breastfeeding. DSHS offers a comprehensive program of breastfeeding support, closely aligned with the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, to address barriers to breastfeeding across sectors including health care, employment, and the community. In addition, one of the Healthy People 2020 objectives focuses on increasing the proportion of infants who are breastfed (MICH-21).
An explicitly communicated position on infant feeding provides an explanation, justification, and recommended course of action to DSHS programs and other interested stakeholders to facilitate clarity, consistency, alignment and synergy in DSHS’ approach to matters related to infant nutrition and feeding.
Data Sources and Data Issues: Data Source: DSHS Infant Feeding Workgroup
All breastfeeding support activities are coordinated through the DSHS Infant Feeding Workgroup (IFW). The IFW seeks to address the determinants and barriers to breastfeeding within a comprehensive strategic action framework for the coordination, integration, and evaluation of breastfeeding support messaging, programs, and policies. DSHS has developed and leveraged strategic, data-informed planning, intensive cross-program coordination, and an integrated system of partnerships to systematically increase breastfeeding support and move the needle on breastfeeding outcomes. The IFW will complete a review of current scientific knowledge and needs assessment findings to revise the DSHS Position Statement on Infant Feeding. The statement was last revised in 2010, and this version of the statement is currently available online at http://dshs.texas.gov/wichd/lactate/position.shtm.
Data Issues: None anticipated
Unit Type: Text, Unit Number: Yes/No