Stepping Up for Utah Babies

The Maternal and Infant Health Program (MIHP) developed the “Stepping Up for Utah Babies” program as a way to work with our local hospitals to support breastfeeding in their facilities. The “Stepping Up” program guides participating hospitals through implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Hospitals that are using Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: (Click the link next to each step to download the Stepping Up for Utah Babies toolkit)

Toolkit Introduction

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy. (Step 1 Toolkit)
  2. Train all their staff to support all new moms feeding choices. (Step 2 Toolkit)
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits of breastfeeding. (Step 3 Toolkit)
  4. Encourage all new moms to hold their new baby skin-to-skin right after delivery. (Step 4 Toolkit)
  5. Show moms how to and maintain breastfeeding, even if they are separated from their infants. (Step 5 Toolkit)
  6. Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically needed. (Step 6 Toolkit)
  7. Allow moms and babies to remain together 24 hours a day. (Step 7 Toolkit)
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on-demand. (Step 8 Toolkit)
  9. While in the hospital, staff will not give pacifiers to breastfeeding infants. (Step 9 Toolkit)
  10. Hospitals give all new families a list of breastfeeding community resources when they leave the hospital. (Step 10 Toolkit)

The “Stepping Up” program allows hospitals to work on 2 steps at a time with the goal of completing all 10 steps. If your hospital is interested in “Stepping Up,” please call 801-273-2871.

Current “Stepping Up” Hospitalslogo

  • St. Marks Hospital
  • LDS Hospital
  • Intermountain Medical Center
  • Park City Hospital
  • Heber Valley Medical Center
  • Logan Regional Hospital
  • Garfield Memorial Hospital
  • Alta View Hospital
  • McKay Dee Hospital
  • Cedar City Hospital
  • Riverton Hospital
  • Delta Community Hospital
  • Utah Valley Hospital
  • Fillmore Hospital
  • Sanpete Valley Hospital
  • American Fork Hospital
  • Orem Community Hospital
  • Sevier Hospital
  • Blue Mountain Hospital
  • Dixie Regional Medical Center
  • Central Valley Medical Center
  • Salt Lake Regional Medical Center

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