Writing Your Hospital and the Joint Commission About Your Baby’s Feeding Complications

Every year, thousands of infants in every country are hospitalized for complications due to underfeeding from exclusive breastfeeding including dehydration, hypoglycemia and excessive jaundice. Many families leave these experiences traumatized and some babies are irreversibly injured. The only way hospitals and health organizations responsible for patient safety know to make their infant feeding policies safer is through patients raising awareness. If your child experienced a feeding complication, please consider writing your hospital’s CEO, the Joint Commission on Patient Safety in the U.S. and your health insurance company. Below is a letter template to help you get the process started. We have also provided a link to the Joint Commission Patient Safety reporting page.  The more detail you are able to provide the better.  For more information on how to gather information about your child’s hospital course and the possibility of injury, please write christie@fedisbest.org.

Write Your Hospital

Report to the Joint Commission

For access to the Google Docs Version, go here.

Provided by Grace Baldomar Delos Santos whose son developed jaundice and dehydration from insufficient feeding due to exclusive breastfeeding. She was not told about the higher risk of jaundice from exclusive breastfeeding nor the risk to her child’s brain.