Baby-Friendly Hospitals in Massachusetts

What Hospitals are Baby Friendly in Mass?
The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recommend a 100% scale-up of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding at every facility providing maternity and newborn services.
Why should I be interested in researching what Massachusetts Hospitals are Baby Friendly designated? Maternity and infant care teams at a Baby Friendly hospital meet recommended standards to support a healthy life-start for a newborn and to optimize the care of mother and baby. These standards include things like supporting immediate mother-baby bonding and guidance with breastfeeding in both the hospital and after hospital discharge.
Massachusetts Baby Friendly Hospitals
Hospital Year designated Year Redesignated
Boston Medical Center 1998 2014-19
Cambridge Birth Center 2009 2014-19
Melrose Wakefield 2012 2017-22
Fairview 2013
Good Samaritan 2013
Holyoke 2015
Massachusetts General 2015
Emerson 2016
Martha’s Vineyard 2016
Cooley Dickinson 2017
Brockton 2017
BID Plymouth 2018
Anna Jaques 2018
St. Luke’s 2018
Brigham and Women’s 2019
Charlton 2019
Norwood 2019
Thank you to all individuals making it possible for almost 40% of babies in MA to be born in Baby Friendly Hospitals!