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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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“Breastfeed Anytime Anywhere” campaign takes off!

(Atlanta, GA and Weston, MA) —ROSE and the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition have launched an exciting social marketing campaign aimed at normalizing breastfeeding in public among African American women. Continue reading

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ZipMilk improves and expands

WESTON, MA– ZipMilk, an important resource for breastfeeding mothers and health professionals alike, has now been updated  to be more user-friendly and has expanded its listings of breastfeeding service providers. These refinements come at a time when the need for the online breastfeeding resource directory may be at an all time high as breastfeeding rates  

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New California law: Ten Steps for all!

On October 9, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 402 into law. This first-in-the nation law requires all perinatal hospitals in California to implement all Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as adopted by Baby Friendly USA per the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, by January 1, 2025. Hospitals may use alternate guidelines such as the CA Department of Public Health   

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