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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!

(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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Mass. celebrates 2 new Baby-Friendly hospitals!


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  

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Landmark Study Highlights Effect of Breastfeeding on Women’s Health

Cambridge, MA — A new study has found that low breastfeeding rates in the U.S. may cause as many as 5,000 cases of breast cancer, nearly 54,000 cases of hypertension, and almost 14,000 heart attacks each year. The study, published online June 6 by Obstetrics & Gynecology, is the first-ever cost analysis exploring the impact of breastfeeding  

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Study on formula use in breastfeeding: not ready for prime-time

Do women really breastfeed better if they give their babies tiny amounts of formula in the hospital? Would donor milk have the same effect? Continue reading

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