Stephanie Hisgen

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The public health importance of breastfeeding, especially exclusive breastfeeding, is gaining increased recognition. Despite a strong evidence base that key hospital maternity practices (Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding) impact breastfeeding initiation and exclusivity in the hospital and breastfeeding duration post-discharge, they are not widely(More)
Exclusive breastfeeding is a public health priority. A strong body of evidence links maternity care practices, based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, to increased breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity. Despite having written breastfeeding policies, New York (NY) hospitals vary widely in reported maternity care practices and in(More)
Hospitals providing maternity care influence breastfeeding mothers and infants during the critical, early postnatal period. Despite concerted public health efforts, there are persistent, large variations across New York State (NYS) hospitals in breastfeeding policies, maternity care, and infant feeding practices and in rates of breastfeeding initiation and(More)
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