Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

"I really like your Making Milk is Easy, birthday hug and discharge instruction sheet. You did a wonderful job." --Cheryl, midwife in Pennsylvania

Handouts and Products

Purchase our new Breastfeeding Welcome Here products, and show the world that nursing moms are welcome where you are!

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.

Breastfeed Anytime Anywhere

Making Milk

First Hug

It's my birthday, give me a hug!

Breasts don't come with instructions!

Discharge instructions

Nature's secret

Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc.


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.
Learn More →


Mass. now has 10 Baby-Friendly facilities!

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%.

Breastfeeding is a women’s health issue

In the first study ever to combine maternal and pediatric health outcomes from breastfeeding in a single model, Harvard researcher Dr. Melissa Bartick and colleagues published a new study showing that most of the impact from optimal breastfeeding the US in on maternal health.

New research estimates increase of $40 billion annually of lifetime earnings if half of all US infants were better breastfed


In a report from the non-profit organization Resources for the Future, economists Marc Hafstead and Randall Lutter have released a report estimating that if half of all US infants born each year were better breastfed, the total increase in the present value of future earnings to be $40 billion annually.

AAP Issues Hospital Guidelines for Safe Skin-to-Skin Care and Sleep for Newborns

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued guidelines for hospitals and birth centers on how to most safely execute skin-to-skin care (SSC) and safe sleep for term newborns in the hospital setting.