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MCH : Hospital-BF-Policy-Letters-of-Commitment

Maryland Breastfeeding Policy Recommendations
Letters of Commitment
In November 2012, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) launched a statewide initiative to help hospitals improve the support that hospitals give to breastfeeding mothers. All 32 birthing hospitals in Maryland have committed to this quality improvement process.
Hospitals were encouraged to sign a letter of intent to become certified as Baby-Friendly through the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, or to follow the Maryland Hospital Breastfeeding Policy Recommendations as outlined by DHMH. Both avenues to improvement are based on the WHO/UNICEF Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and include evidence-based hospital practices that increase rates of breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity for healthy full term infants whose mothers have chosen to breastfeed.
Seven hospitals have expressed their intent to be certified as Baby-Friendly
  • Calvert Memorial Hospital
  • Howard County General Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Medstar Harbor Hospital
  • Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Meritus Medical Center
  • Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
Baby-Friendly Designations
  • Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital


Twenty-three hospitals have signed letters of commitment to meet Maryland Breastfeeding Best Practices -
  • Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Carroll Hospital Center
  • Memorial Hospital at Easton
  • Frederick Memorial Hospital
  • Garrett County Memorial Hospital
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Holy Cross Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Laurel Regional Hospital
  • Medstar Montgomery Medical Center
  • Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Peninsula Regional Medical Center
  • Prince George’s Hospital Center
  • Sinai Hospital
  • St. Agnes Hospital
  • Union Hospital of Cecil County
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center
    (formerly Civista)
  • Univeristy of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Washington Adventist
  • Western Maryland Health System