Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

Mass. Baby-Friendly Collaborative

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Meetings for 2018-19, and will tentatively be the SECOND Thursday of odd numbered months (excluding July), from 5 to 7:15pm,

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!

2018-19 meetings:

Sept 13, Thursday, 5-7 pm, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Perkins Lecture Hall, first floor near lobby

Nov 8, Thursday, 5-7pm, Brigham and Women’s Chestnut Hill, 850 Boylston Street Room 310, Chestnut Hill, MA

Jan 10 Thursday, Winchester Hospital, 5-7:15 pm, Conference Room 2 in Our Aligas Conference Center from 5pm- 7:15pm

Mar 7 Thursday, Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, 377 Elliot St, Suite J (by the flag pole), Newton Upper Falls, MA

May 15 WEDNESDAY (note change of week and day of week), St. Vincent’s in Worcester, following the Mother-Baby Summit)

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 most maternity facilities in the Commonwealth. Together, we have gone from one Baby-Friendly Facility at the start of the Collaborative, to 16 as of Spring 2019. 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 their stakeholders to participate. 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.

There is no cost for these events. We celebrate our Baby-Friendly accomplishments by cutting a cake.