Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

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Handouts and Products

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Download one of our handouts that help make breastfeeding easy. Most are available in multiple languages, and they're perfect for both mothers and medical providers.

Making Milk is Easy

First Hug

It's my birthday, give me a hug!

Breasts don't come with instructions!

Discharge instructions

Nature's secret

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Features

The Affordable Care Act insurance requirements

The Affordable Care Act mandates that new private insurance plans cover “breastfeeding supplies” and “breastfeeding counseling” with no copayments. See MBC’s  guidelines on breast pumps and breastfeeding support.
Breast Pump Guidelines  →
Landscape of Breastfeeding Support

Mass. Baby-Friendly Collaborative

The next all-state meetings are Nov 7, 2013 and Jan. 9, 2014 (details) and our focus is now on supplementation.  Come to our next meetings and check out our resource page. Get 1.5 hours free online CEU/CME on breastfeeding from our program sponsored by MA Dept of Public Health.

Workplace Support by Federal law

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform) provides new rights for nursing mothers on the job. Continue reading

Breastfeeding support and help– what it all means

There are many different types of breastfeeding support, with an “alphabet soup” of different credentials. Our table shows all these different support available to help moms and babies, and what the different qualifications mean.
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News

ZipMilk improves and expands

WESTON, MA– ZipMilk, an important resource for breastfeeding mothers and health professionals alike, has now been updated  to be more user-friendly and has expanded its listings of breastfeeding service providers. These refinements come at a time when the need for the online breastfeeding resource directory may be at an all time high as breastfeeding rates  

New California law: Ten Steps for all!

On October 9, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 402 into law. This first-in-the nation law requires all perinatal hospitals in California to implement all Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as adopted by Baby Friendly USA per the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, by January 1, 2025. Hospitals may use alternate guidelines such as the CA Department of Public Health   

Mass. celebrates 2 new Baby-Friendly hospitals!


Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington were both notified in the past week that they have been officially designated as Baby-Friendly hospitals by Baby-Friendly USA. These hospitals join the 4 existing Baby-Friendly facilities: Boston Medical Center (1998), Cambridge Birth Center (2010), Southcoast Tobey Hospital (2011), and  

Landmark Study Highlights Effect of Breastfeeding on Women’s Health

Cambridge, MA — A new study has found that low breastfeeding rates in the U.S. may cause as many as 5,000 cases of breast cancer, nearly 54,000 cases of hypertension, and almost 14,000 heart attacks each year. The study, published online June 6 by Obstetrics & Gynecology, is the first-ever cost analysis exploring the impact of breastfeeding