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Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey

mPINC Update

CDC’s 2018 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) has launched! The updated and redesigned 2018 mPINC survey includes hospitals that provide maternity care services and is available to be completed online only. Screening calls are made on a rolling basis by Battelle Health and Analytics, on behalf of the CDC. Please feel free to share this information with your partners who may wish to reach out to hospitals in their communities to encourage participation in the mPINC survey.

The CDC mPINC Survey

CDC’s national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) assesses maternity care practices and provides feedback to encourage hospitals to make improvements that better support breastfeeding. Every 2 years, CDC invites all hospitals across the country to fill out the mPINC survey. The questions focus on specific parts of hospital maternity care that affect how babies are fed. Watch this video to learn more about the importance of maternity care practices and how the mPINC survey can help.

How Can mPINC Data Be Used?

Doctors, nurses, and hospital administrators can use mPINC data to improve care practices and policies to better support their maternity patients. CDC sends a report to every participating hospital showing specific changes they can make to support breastfeeding mothers. For example, hospitals can use their scores to examine their current practices and identify ways to reduce delays in mother-baby contact, improve patient education, eliminate unnecessary supplementation, facilitate and improve staff training on breastfeeding management and support, and strengthen their facility’s policies related to breastfeeding.

State health departments can use mPINC data to work together with partner agencies, organizations, policy makers, and health professionals to improve evidence-based maternity care practices and policies at all of their hospitals statewide. CDC sends reports to partners in each state that describe the combined mPINC responses for all the participating facilities in that state. The reports also provide information on how states can support their hospitals’ efforts to make improvements.

View the mPINC state reports to learn more about your state’s strengths in providing hospital-based breastfeeding support as well as the areas in need of improvement.