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 infant feeding policy that is routinely communicated to staff and parents. (Step 1 Toolkit)
  2. Ensure that staff have sufficient knowledge, competence and skills to support breastfeeding. (Step 2 Toolkit)
  3. Discuss the importance and management of breastfeeding with pregnant women and their families. (Step 3 Toolkit)
  4. Facilitate immediate and uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact and support mothers to initiate breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth. (Step 4 Toolkit)
  5. Support mothers to initiate and maintain breastfeeding and manage common difficulties.(Step 5 Toolkit)
  6. Do not provide breastfed newborns any food or fluids other than breast milk, unless medically indicated. (Step 6 Toolkit)
  7. Enable mothers and their infants to remain together and to practice rooming-in 24 hours a day. (Step 7 Toolkit)
  8. Support mothers to recognize and respond to their infants’ cues for feeding. (Step 8 Toolkit)
  9. Counsel mothers on the use and risks of using pacifiers before breastfeeding has been established. (Step 9 Toolkit)
  10. Coordinate discharge so that parents and their infants have timely access to ongoing support and care. (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 801-273-2960.

Current “Stepping Up” Hospitals

  • Alta View Hospital
  • American Fork Hospital
  • Bear River Valley Hospital
  • Blue Mountain Hospital
  • Castle View Hospital
  • Cedar City Medical Center
  • Central Valley Medical Center
  • Delta Community Medical Center
  • Fillmore Community Hospital
  • Garfield Memorial Hospital
  • Heber Valley Medical Center
  • Intermountain Medical Center
  • Layton Hospital
  • LDS Hospital
  • Logan Regional Hospital
  • McKay Dee Hospital
  • Orem Community Hospital
  • Park City Hospital
  • Riverton Hospital
  • Sanpete Valley Hospital
  • Sevier Valley Hospital
  • Spanish Fork Hospital
  • St. George Regional Hospital 
  • St. Marks Hospital
  • University of Utah Hospital
  • Utah Valley Hospital

Patient Education

Hospitals in Bold and Italics are 5-star Breastfeeding Friendly Facilities.