Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton is Massachusetts’ 11th Baby-Friendly Facility. With the addition of Cooley Dickinson, 15.9% of Massachusetts births now occur in Baby-Friendly facilities. Congratulations, Cooley Dickinson! Cooley Dickinson is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital, which became Baby-Friendly in 2015.
While the US made modest gains in breastfeeding overall, not all states benefited equally. While Massachusetts ranked fourth in breastfeeding initiation and ranked highly in all other categories, Mississippi ranked dead last in every single breastfeeding metric,
Governor declares August 2017 Massachusetts Breastfeeding Month!
Emerson Hospital and Martha’s Vineyard Hospitals were just designated Baby-Friendly, becoming the state’s ninth and tenth Baby-Friendly facilities. Emerson, with 1,129 births per year, and Martha’s Vineyard, with 144 births per year (according to most recent state data), bring the total of births in Baby-Friendly facilities from 13.1% to 14.8%.