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Cooley Dickinson Hospital is Baby Friendly!

 
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.

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CDC breastfeeding data shows continued geographic disparities; CDC highlights MA

 
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,

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August 2017 is Massachusetts Breastfeeding Month!

Governor declares August 2017 Massachusetts Breastfeeding Month!

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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%.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2016 Breastfeeding Data Show Impressive Gains for Southeastern US & Massachusetts


We have a lot to celebrate during this National Breastfeeding Month and Black Breastfeeding Week. Nationally, the number of births at Baby Friendly facilities has gone from 7.8% in 2014 to 18.3% in 2016, with a large amount of those gains being in the Southeastern United States,

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Massachusetts General Hospital now Baby-Friendly!

Massachusetts General Hospital became the state’s eighth and largest Baby-Friendly Hospital on November 25. With about 3,700 births per year, this puts the percentage of infants born in Baby-Friendly facilities in Massachusetts up to 12.8%

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Holyoke Medical Center is now Baby-Friendly: Part of a turning tide

Holyoke Medical Center has earned the prestigious international Baby-Friendly Hospital designation this month, becoming Massachusetts’ seventh Baby-Friendly facility.

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