Have Questions About Using the Toolkit?

This is the page for you. Below, you'll find an example of how one fictional hospital might use their mPINC (Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care) score to navigate the toolkit and find which resources best suit their needs (all mPINC survey images are taken from the CDC's sample mPINC survey for "Fake Medical Center").

This is Fake Medical Center's (FMC) Composite mPINC score. As you can see, they scored a 71 overall. This is good, but there's room for improvement. So, FMC decides to take a closer look at their scores in each of the seven mPINC domains.

In this particular year, FMC scored as follows in each domain:
  • Labor and Delivery Care - 68
  • Postpartum Care: Feeding of Breastfed Infants - 75
  • Postpartum Care: Breastfeeding Assistance - 96
  • Postpartum Care: Contact Between Mother and Infant - 40
  • Facility Discharge Care - 100
  • Staff Training - 56
  • Structural and Organizational Aspects of Care Delivery - 62

After looking at this score breakdown, FMC identifies Postpartum Care: Contact Between Mother and Infant as their relative weak point, as it was the domain in which they received the lowest marks. Wanting to improve in this specific area, the staff at FMC go to the TN Breastfeeding Toolkit.

On the home page, the FMC team clicks on "Early Contact," the heading that corresponds to the domain they wish to improve. Once on the "Early Contact" page, they find descriptions of various resources designed to help them improve in this area, along with links to those resources.

FMC finds that the resources on the page are further categorized into the exact same subdomains as the mPINC scores, thus making it even easier to target specific areas for improvement. Moreover, within each subdomain, the resources are classified as one of three types of resources:

  • Practical: Resources that can be used in everyday practice; examples include sample protocols, feeding documentation forms, posters, and many other helpful items
  • Educational: Resources that educate either providers or patients on a particular subject
  • Practical and Educational: Resources that mix a little bit of both
Now, armed with a number of helpful resources concerning the exact issue they wish to address, FMC is on their way to improving breastfeeding practices at their hospital.


To finish this introduction to the toolkit, let's look at how each individual resource is listed, just to become familiar with the format:

Name of Resource
Source: ABC
Description: DEF
Date of Publication/Access: Month or Year

"Name of Resource" is just that, i.e., the name of the document. It also serves as a hyperlink to the actual resource. The "Source" indicates the organization or group that created the resource. "Description" gives a brief explanation of the resource in question. The "Date of Publication" shows when the resource was published or last updated. In some cases, when the date of publication was not available, the line will instead read "Date of Access," which simply indicates the month in which that particular link was last updated. The star ratings below each resource indicate a previously user-assigned value of the material.

That's all for the introduction to the toolkit! We hope you find it informative and helpful.