Mass. celebrates 2 new Baby-Friendly hospitals!

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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 Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (2012).

Good Samaritan is the first hospital of the extensive Steward health care system to become Baby-Friendly and Fairview is the first hospital two hospitals of the Berkshire Health System to become Baby-Friendly.

Most Massachusetts hospitals are participating in a statewide Baby-Friendly Collaborative sponsored by Mass. Breastfeeding Coalition and supported by the Massachusetts Department of Health, which has augmented the Collaborative’s efforts with trainings and an online toolkit.

(Above is the celebration cake we enjoyed at our Sept 12 Collaborative meeting.)