Health—General & Rehabilitative

FED IS BEST FOUNDATION

The Fed is Best Foundation works to identify dangerous gaps in current breastfeeding protocols, guidelines, and education programs, and provide families and health professionals with the most up-to-date scientific research, education and resources to practice safe infant feeding with breast milk, formula, or a combination of both #FedIsBest.

Little Rock, AR

Mission

The Fed Is Best Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer organization of health professionals and parents who study the scientific literature on infant feeding and real-life infant feeding experiences of mothers through clinical practice and social media connections. We work to identify dangerous gaps in current breastfeeding protocols, guidelines, and education programs, and provide families and health professionals the most up-to-date scientific research, education and resources to practice safe infant feeding with breast milk, formula, or a combination of both. We provide safe, brain-protective infant feeding education for breastfeeding, mixed-feeding, formula-feeding, pumped-milk-feeding and tube-feeding mothers and families to prevent feeding complications to babies.

Notes from the Nonprofit

This GuideStar profile page is currently being updated. At this time, we have no formal Board of Directors established but plan on recruiting for the year 2018. We do have a Senior Advisory Board until we establish the Board of Directors. For any requests regarding board practices and documents, please contact us at contact@fedisbest.org

Ruling Year

2017

Co-Founder

Dr. Christie del Castillo-Hegyi MD

Co-Founder

Jody Segrave-Daly RN, IBCLC

Main Address

PO Box 241736

Little Rock, AR 72223 USA

Keywords

Breastfeeding, Formula-feeding, Infant feeding, Parent Support, Mother support

EIN

81-3316541

 Number

4851064031

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Health Program (E70)

Pediatrics (G98)

Patients' Rights (R27)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Recent data shows alarming trends in feeding complications in exclusively breastfed newborns who don't receive enough breast milk, including increasing rates of jaundice, hypoglycemia, and dehydration, which can threaten a newborn's brain. All mothers who wish to breastfeed should be supported in doing so while ensuring their child receives all the nutrition they need to remain healthy and safe. Mothers often feel immense pressure by society and by current breastfeeding protocols to only breastfeed their newborns, even when they do not have enough milk to do so. They are given little information on the signs of infant hunger and how to safely supplement to protect their child's health. Insufficient breast milk affects more than 1 in 5 mother in the first days of life and jaundice from underfeeding/dehydration of breastfed newborns is the leading cause of newborn hospitalization and perinatal disability in the world. These outcomes of current infant feeding education are unacceptable.

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Public Policy Advocacy

Public Health Education of Mothers and Health Professionals

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1) Change global policies in infant feeding to ensure the safety of all infants. 2) Educate mothers and health professionals on the safe thresholds of infant feeding including when it is necessary to supplement to protect a child's brain and prevent long-term disability. 3) Advocate for hospital infant feeding policies that protect the safety and human rights of newborns. 4) Advocate for federal legislation to require monitoring of infant feeding complications by the CDC, to institute policies to renew and update national standards for preventing infant feeding complications based on current evidence and to require public health outreach on the protection of infants from accidental insufficient feeding and the related brain injury it causes.

We are reaching top officials of infant health and insurance organizations to advocate for safe infant feeding by presenting scientific data on the high rates of infant feeding complications caused by aggressive and restrictive exclusive breastfeeding promotion. We continue our public health outreach to mothers and health professionals on the signs of newborn hunger, jaundice, dehydration and hypoglycemia, how to achieve optimal breastfeeding latch, how to supplement while protecting breast milk supply, how to properly prepare formula and how to advocate for your child's safety while in the hospital. Jaundice, the leading brain-threatening complication of exclusive breastfeeding, is the leading cause of U.S. newborn rehospitalizations with 78% of rehospitalized newborns requiring phototherapy. Based on recent published data from one Baby-Friendly-certified hospital system, the annual cost of that one system's phototherapy admissions was $49 million a year. With a U.S. breastfeeding initiation rate 79% of 4 million babies born annually, presuming the majority start with exclusive breastfeeding, a phototherapy complication rate of 10.1% and the average cost of neonatal admission of $14,000, that amounts to $4.5 billion dollars a year in phototherapy admissions. We hope to reduce these complications by showing mothers the signs of newborn distress that indicate hunger and the role of supplementation to prevent jaundice, dehydration and hypoglycemia that can result in preventable hospitalization and permanent brain injury.

We have a large group of extremely dedicated and talented volunteer advocates including physicians, nurses, lactation professionals, attorneys, scientists, epidemiologists, mental health professionals, community activists and mother advocates who contribute their time and their talents to achieving the goals of the Foundation.

1) Achievement of national legislation to protect newborn and infant rights to be protected from hunger and thirst caused by restrictive breastfeeding policies. 2) International change in hospital infant feeding policies to protect newborns from starvation-related jaundice, dehydration, hypoglycemia and the related brain injury and disability they cause. 3) Societal changes on the definition of "ideal infant feeding" to be inclusive of formula-feeding, combination-feeding and tube-feeding families. 4) Achieving widespread public awareness of the dangers of insufficient feeding of infants.

So far we have met with top officials of the CMS/CMCS Medicare/Medicaid program, which funds 45% of all U.S. births to raise awareness of the high-rates of infant feeding complications caused by restrictive breastfeeding policies and the high emotional and financial toll these complications have on families. We provided evidence on the cost of extended and repeat hospitalization of newborns and the astronomical cost of lifetime care for brain-injured newborns experiencing these complications. We provided concrete recommendations for change in insurance reimbursement policies to prevent these complications including requiring monitoring and reporting of newborn feeding complications to the public, requiring next-day follow-up of discharged exclusively breastfed newborns, designating hypernatremic dehydration as a "never event," requiring informed consent of the known complications of exclusive breastfeeding, which are among the leading causes of newborn hospitalization and requiring physician supervision of lactation consultants. Finally, we recently met with top officials of the World Health Organization Breastfeeding, Infant Feeding program and provided them education on the high rates of brain-threatening complications caused by aggressive promotion of exclusive breastfeeding in the developed and developing world. We advocated for public recognition of the common problem of insufficient breast milk and the role of supplementation to protect the life and brain of an underfed breastfed newborn. We are currently raising awareness on the responses of these organizations to our campaign to make them accountable for providing safe, ethical and honest infant feeding education and guidelines to promote the health and human potential of babies across the globe.

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FED IS BEST FOUNDATION

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No