Georgia 5-STAR Hospital Initiative


Join Georgia’s 5-STAR Team!

Georgia's 5-STAR Hospital Initiative was developed to recognize those hospitals that have taken steps to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in their hospital.  A five-star system has been developed to encourage maternity centers to promote and support breastfeeding one step at a time.   Georgia’s 5-STAR will award one star for every two steps implemented of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Baby-Friendly® USA.

The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding:

  1. Submit a written breastfeeding policy
  2. Train all health care staff in skills to support successful breastfeeding
  3. Inform/Educate all pregnant women about benefits/management of breastfeeding
  4. Skin-to-skin immediately after birth for one hour or until the first breastfeeding is completed
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation if they are separated from the infant(s)
  6. No supplemental formula unless medically indicated
  7. Practice rooming-in
  8. Breastfeeding on demand; educating mothers regarding cue-based feeding
  9. No artificial nipples/pacifiers
  10. Breastfeeding support groups and other resources referred at discharge for a focus of exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months

The goal of Georgia’s 5-STAR Initiative is to have all birthing hospitals 5-STAR designated by the year 2020. 

Ready to take your first step?

Schedule an informational phone call by contacting the Georgia Department of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Section at 404-657-2850.

Georgia's 5-STAR Hospital Participants:

Athens Regional Medical Center
Augusta University Medical Center
Cartersville Medical Center
Clearview Regional Medical Center
Crisp Regional Medical Center
Floyd Medical Center
Hamilton Medical Center
Liberty Regional Medical Center
Memorial Health University Center
Northside Hospital - Atlanta
Northside Hospital - Cherokee Campus
Northside Hospital - Forsyth
Piedmont Newnan Hospital
Piedmont Newton Hospital
Rockdale Medical Center
St. Francis Health, LLC
Southeast Georgia Health Center
Tanner Medical Center
Upson Regional Medical Center
WellStar Cobb Hospital


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Page last updated 9/19/2019