Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

Mass. Baby-Friendly Collaborative


Collaborative Resources →

Meetings for 2016-2017 resumed Sept 2017, and will be the third Thursday of odd numbered months (excluding July), from 5 to 7pm (exceptions: March 2018 will be 5:30-7:30, May 2018 will be May 10 following the Mother Baby Summit in Worcester).

Can’t attend but want to participate? You can all in on our conference call line:
605-468-8004 , passcode 523910#. However, we can’t give you dinner!

2017-18 meetings:

Sept 21, 2017- meeting occurred live in person.

Nov 16, 2017 -Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, 680 Centre St, Brockton, 02302, A3 Orthopedics Dining Room

Jan 18, 2018- Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon St, Melrose, MA 02176, Board Room

March 15, 2018 5:30-7:30pm (NOTE TIME CHANGE)-Norwood Hospital, 800 Washington St, Norwood, MA 02062

May 10, 2018- St Vincent’s Hospital, Worcester following the Mother Baby Summit (details to follow).

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 Baby Friendly Collaborative started in November 2008 with just 4 facilities who were already on the pathway and now includes virtually all maternity facilities in the Commonwealth. Together, we have gone from one Baby-Friendly Facility at the start of the Collaborative, to 10 as of Spring 2017. We share support, resources, and experiences, and it is the Collaborative is one of the major reasons our state has been able to be so successful. The success has also been bolstered by the Mother-Baby Summit every spring and by our annual conference every fall. For information, email us at


The current focus of this working group is on making improvements in care to promote exclusive breastfeeding in the hospital. We do 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.