As if the Red Sox starting another World Series today at Fenway were not enough, Anna Jaques became our state’s 14th Baby Friendly Hospital. Now 19.1% of Massachusetts births occur at Baby-Friendly facilities, up from 15.9% in 2017.
Today Beth Israel Deaconess Plymouth was designated as a Baby-Friendly facility, marking the 13th such facility in the Commonwealth out of 46. Now, approximately 18.1% of births in Massachusetts occur in Baby-Friendly facilities.
Today, Signature Brockton Hospital became Massachusetts’ 12th Baby-Friendly facility. With the addition of Brockton, 17.3% of Massachusetts births now occur in Baby-Friendly facilities.
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,
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%.
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.
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.