Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

Mass. Baby-Friendly Collaborative


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Meetings for 2016-2017 will resume Sept 2016, and will be the third Thursday of odd numbered months (excluding July), from 5 to 7pm.

Sept 15, 2016- Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, 377 Elliot Street, Building J, Newton Upper Falls, 02464

Nov 17, 2016-Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, 377 Elliot Street, Building J, Newton Upper Falls, 02464

Jan 19, 2017- Brigham and Women’s outpatient facility, 850 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill

March 16, 2017-Signature Brockton Hospital, 680 Centre Street, Brockton, 02302

May 18, 2017-Cambridge Hospital, Learning Center A/B, 1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge 01239

There are many possible ideas Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles, such as:

  • Hand expression and training around that
  • Spoon/syringe/cup supplementation
  • Eliminating/limiting unnecessary supplementation, esp on nights.
  • paced formula feeding
  • paying for formula
  • creating a donor milk policy
  • issues around consent for formula (e.g., human milk or donor milk as first line; formula could require an opt-out, at least in the NICU).


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health offered a very successful series of Becoming Baby-Friendly trainings in May and June 2012 and were delighted to see so many of the Massachusetts maternity facilities participating. To build on this energy, and the work of the Mother-Baby summits, we are excited to let you know about a new statewide Quality Improvement collaborative, led by the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC) and focused on breastfeeding-related maternity care practices. Our inaugural meeting was held January 17 in Worcester and was attended by 30 hospitals from around the state and had nearly 140 people.


The current focus of this working group is on making improvements in care to promote exclusive breastfeeding in the hospital. We will be doing training, technical assistance, and collaboration with your colleagues at other hospitals. By the end of the workshop, each hospital will have a concrete plan for implementing on achievable change in practice toward evidence-based practice and patient-centered care.


We’d like each hospital to bring a team of about 5 stakeholders to participate the workshops. Examples of stakeholders include clinical leader of Labor and Delivery, the nurse manager, physicians from OB-GYN and pediatrics or neonatology, and influential nurse(s) and/or nurse champion(s), as well as lactation management. We encourage hospitals to bring people who have been undecided about implementing change.

There is no cost for these events.

Can’t attend but want to participate? You can all in on our conference call line:
712-432-0140, passcode 523910#. However, we can’t always guarantee good sound quality (nor can we give you dinner!)