Human Milk Feeding Initiative

The vision for this initiative is to have as many infants as possible receive human milk. In addition, facilities should address equity among the populations they serve.

The overarching aim of the initiative is to decrease the number of infants not receiving human milk at discharge by 50% from baseline and in at least two population subgroups.

For 2018, the initiative includes ten measures across the perinatal spectrum. To measure impact, there are now required measures for different care settings.

  • Prenatal education (required for community-based obstetric care providers)
  • Skin-to-skin after delivery
  • Rooming-in
  • Exclusive human milk feeding during hospitalization
  • Mother’s milk in the NICU (required for NICUs)
  • Any human milk at discharge from the NICU
  • Exclusive human milk at discharge from the NICU
  • Human milk feeding at 3-4 months (required for community-based infant/pediatric care providers)
  • Exclusive human milk feeding at 3-4 months
  • Human milk feeding at discharge (required for hospitals)

Participating sites do not have to select all measures, but can identify the measures that are most important to their own quality improvement.

View the quality measures, definitions, & data sources

Submit data or view the change package & data collection forms

Enroll in the Human Milk Feeding Initiative

Human Milk Feeding Learning Collaborative

If you are participating in WisPQC’s Human Milk Feeding initiative, you can access recordings of Learning Collaborative sessions and download other meeting materials. You will need the password to access this content. If you have questions, contact WisPQC at

Participating Sites

  • All Saints Hospital-Part of Ascension, Racine
  • American Family Children’s Hospital NICU, Madison
  • Ascension | Elmbrook Memorial, Brookfield
  • Ascension | St. Joseph, Milwaukee
  • Aspirus Langlade Hospital, Langlade
  • Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau
  • Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Elkhorn
  • Aurora Medical Center Kenosha, Kenosha
  • Aurora Medical Center Oshkosh, Oshkosh
  • Aurora Women’s Pavilion, West Allis
  • Bellin Hospital, Green Bay
  • Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay
  • Fort HealthCare, Fort Atkinson
  • Froedtert St. Joseph’s Hospital, West Bend
  • Greater Racine Collaborative for Healthy Birth Outcomes-Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency, Inc., Racine
  • Hayward Area Memorial Hospital, Hayward
  • Holy Family Memorial, Manitowoc
  • HSHS Sacred Heart, Eau Claire
  • Manitowoc County Health Department, Manitowoc
  • Marshfield Medical Center, Marshfield
  • Reedsburg Area Medical Center Birth Center, Reedsburg
  • Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Prairie du Sac
  • SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, Baraboo
  • SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, Janesville
  • St. Croix Regional Medical Center, St. Croix Falls
  • UnityPoint-Meriter Hospital/University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Watertown Regional Medical Center, Watertown


Human Milk Feeding Measures and Data Input — November 29, 2016

Enrollment in the Human Milk Feeding Initiative – What’s Involved? — Dec. 16, 2016