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Joint Commission Releases Perinatal Core Measure Specifications

Joint Commission releases perinatal core measure specifications
The Joint Commission has just posted the Perinatal Core Measure specifications that includes exclusive breastmilk feeding upon discharge. You can see it by clicking here. You may wish to inform your hospital that this measure set and specifications are available and urge that the hospital choose it as a core measure to be addressed. The Joint Commission requires hospitals to choose a minimum of 4 out of the 11 core measure sets, thus hospitals are not required to choose the perinatal core measure that includes exclusive breastmilk feeding upon discharge. It may be a wise idea to check and see if your hospital will be addressing this measure. If you have an opportunity to influence the choice, now is the time. See USLCA’s Advocacy webpage by clicking here for more details.

Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC
USLCA Director of Public Policy


  1. I was under the impression that if a hospital delivered babies, then they had to choose “exclusive breastfeeding” as a core measure? Now from what I am reading, it looks like it is an option, not mandatory, is this correct?

    Thanks, Karen Lavergne, RN, IBCLC, RLC

  2. You are correct. Exclusive breastfeeding is one of several choices of the five perinatal care core measures that must be selected by a hospital beginning April 1, 2010. They include:

    * Elective delivery
    * Cesarean section
    * Antenatal steroids
    * Health care-associated bloodstream infections in newborns
    * Exclusive breast milk feeding

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