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Breastfeeding and the Obesity Controversy

The media is full news that recent studies debunk any link between breastfeeding and lower risk of obesity. But is that a fair conclusion? Probably not. Continue reading

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Joint Commission mandates Perinatal Care measure

Larger maternity hospitals will now be required to track exclusive breastfeeding rates. Continue reading

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AAP Leadership Forum passes resolution to limit formula marketing

The American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Leadership Forum has passed a resolution advising pediatricians “not to provide formula company gift bags, coupons, and industry-authored handouts to the parents of newborns and infants in office and clinic settings.” Continue reading

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Romney and banning the bags– the back story

As the story of our 2006 fight with Mitt Romney unfolds, we provide this summary of the news coverage, as well as what didn’t make the press at that time. Complete with photos. Continue reading

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Massachusetts Celebrates Banning the Bags

Read about our bag-free celebration, links to media, and Mitt Romney’s role. Continue reading

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Massachusetts Celebrates Banning the Bags

Dr. Melissa Bartick, Marsha Walker, Dr. Bobbi Philipp ceremonially “throw the bags overboard” at the site of the original Boston Tea Party. Linda Winslow holds the banner.
BOSTON— Massachusetts celebrated being the nation’s second and largest bag-free state today in a celebration at the State House. “We are so proud of our 49 hospitals. This wasn’t  

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Massachusetts hospitals eliminate formula marketing, becoming the nation’s second “bag-free state.”

As of July 1, 2012, all 49 Massachusetts maternity facilities have voluntarily eliminated the formula company diaper bags, traditionally given to new moms at hospital discharge. Continue reading

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National effort to increase Baby-Friendly hospitals is now underway

With a grant from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention, the Boston-based National Institute for Children’s Healthcare Quality is undertaking a huge initiative to add 90 Baby-Friendly Hospitals in the next 22 months Continue reading

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AAP releases new breastfeeding position statement

The American Academy of Pediatrics released an update to its breastfeeding position statement on Feb 27. Since the last update in 2006, numerous historical developments have affected the breastfeeding field and are highlighted in the report. Continue reading

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UK Study on Infant Temperament May Simply Reflect Poor Breastfeeding Support

A study out of Cambridge UK by de Lauzon-Guilain et al found that exclusively breastfed infants in the county of Cambridgeshire were rated by their mothers to laugh less, cry more, and be more irritable than their formula-fed or mixed-fed counterparts. These results have puzzled and surprised many who do research in breastfeeding.
These surprising  

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