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, the 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 801-273-2869.

Current “Stepping Up” Hospitalslogo

  • 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
  • Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital 
  • Fillmore Community Medical Center
  • 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
  • Salt Lake Regional Medical Center
  • Sanpete Valley Hospital
  • Sevier Valley Hospital
  • St. Marks Hospital
  • University of Utah Hospital
  • Utah Valley Hospital

Patient Education

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