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UMass Memorial cuts lactation staff

Worcster, MA– UMass Memorial Medical is elminating all of its nurse-IBCLCs, effective Dec 1, in favor of fewer IBCLCs and more lesser-trained personnel. For more details, click above to read the letter the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition sent to UMass. Continue reading

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CDC Announces New Effort to Boost Number of Baby-Friendly Hospitals

Atlanta– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded nearly $6 million over three years to the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality to help hospitals nationwide make quality improvements to maternity care to better support mothers and babies to be able to breastfeed. The goal of the project is to accelerate the number of U.S. Baby-Friendly hospitals. Read more in the news release. Continue reading

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IOM recommends lactation counseling and equipment be covered as part of preventative care

The Institute of Medicine released a report recommending eight preventative health services for women without any cost-sharing requirements, including certain services relating to breastfeeding. Continue reading

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Mass. makes progress!

In the last two weeks, Massachusetts got its third Baby-Friendly facility and the Mothers’ Milk Bank of New England, based in Newtonville, pasteurized its first donor milk. Keep reading for details. Continue reading

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Corporate Voices Toolkit Illustrates Perils of Conflicts of Interest

Last month, the non-profit group Corporate Voices for Working Families, with support from Abbott Nutrition, released an updated version of its worksite lactation toolkit. The toolkit provides an excellent illustration of what happens when well-meaning organizations partner with the formula industry, potentially tarnishing their own credibility and hard-earned reputation. Continue reading

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Joint Letter asks Congress for money for breastfeeding

On March 7, a Joint Letter went to Congress signed by over 120 organizations, asking for $15 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund for for breastfeeding in Fiscal Year 2012.
Sponsored by the US Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), people are now urged to meet with, or write their legislators to follow up on this  

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Surgeon General launches Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

The US Surgeon General today launched the first ever Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. Continue reading

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Mass. DPH urges hospitals to ban bags, adopt evidence-based practices

In a letter last month to hospitals and nurse managers throughout the state, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health urged facilities to ban commercial discharge bags, and adopt practices known to promote breastfeeding. Continue reading

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White House Taskforce on Childhood Obesity prominently features breastfeeding

As part of its campaign to end childhood obesity, the White House just released a series of 70 specific recommendations, four of which involve breastfeeding as an obesity preventive measure. Continue reading

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Landmark study shows low breastfeeding rates cost US $13 billion/year

A study by two Massachusetts researchers published today in Pediatrics found that failure to comply with medical recommendations around breastfeeding is costing the US $13 billion per year, with 911 excess, preventable deaths. Continue reading

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