Use of breast milk at discharge

About this measure

This measure tracks the percentage of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) babies who are being fed breast milk when they are discharged to go home or are transferred to another hospital.

We track this measure through our participation in the Vermont Oxford Network (VON), a voluntary non-profit organization of over 700 neonatal intensive care units. VON is a collaboration dedicated to improving the quality and safety of the care delivered in neonatal intensive care units.

Note: In this measure, a higher number is better.

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2012
Northwestern Memorial 78
National Database Participant Comparison 49
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Northwestern Memorial 61.4 52.9 61 64 73 64 78
National Database Participant Comparison 42.7 41.6 43 45 47 48 49
Source:Vermont Oxford Network: Vermont-Oxford Network Database Summaries. Burlington, Vermont. (2006, 2007, 2008) www.vtoxford.org
Any (Overall) use of breast milk at discharge