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Formula company sponsors mediocre lactation toolkit

With a formula company logo on the bottom of every page of materials, a trio of sponsors has released a new “Workplace Lactation Program.” As one of the sponsors, Abbott Nutritionals, manufacturer of Similac infant formula, features prominently in all the materials. Read all about it here. Continue reading

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Breastfeeding linked with lower risk of maternal heart attacks

Lifetime breastfeeding of at least 2 years is associated with a reduced risk of heart attacks and coronary artery disease, according to a new large study published in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Continue reading

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Governor signs breastfeeding bill

In a victory for families in Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick today signed ‘An Act to Promote Breastfeeding’. The bill explicitly protects a mother’s right to nurse her baby in public. Continue reading

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Massachusetts legislators approve breastfeeding bill

The Massachusetts legislature has approved a new law protecting the rights of women to breastfeeding in public places! All that remains is the Governor’s signature on the bill. Continue reading

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Winter 2008 newsletter available

The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition’s winter 2008 newsletter is now available. Click on the headline to read it online. Continue reading

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National Quality Forum Endorses Exclusive Breastfeeding Measure

The National Quality Forum recently endorsed 17 national consensus standards for quality metrics in perinatal care. Among the new standards is the measurement of ‘livebirths not discharged from the NICU who were fed by ‘breast only’ since birth.’ Continue reading

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2008 MBC Breastfeeding-Friendly Award Recipients

Each year the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition celebrates retail businesses and public agencies as well as employers who show exceptional support for breastfeeding. Please congratulate this year’s winners. Continue reading

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CDC releases comprehensive hospital survey around breastfeeding

In a survey whose responses included almost 2,700 maternity hospitals and birth centers in the US, the CDC found that most hospitals fell short of implementing evidence-based practices around breastfeeding. Continue reading

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FDA proposes accurate labeling for drugs in lactation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing major revisions to prescription drug labeling to provide more complete information about the effects of medicines used during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Continue reading

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New randomized trial links hospital practices with breastfeeding success and childhood intelligence

A new study out this month found that hospital practices that support breastfeeding boost a child’s IQ at six years of age. Continue reading

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