Massachusetts General Hospital became certified as a Baby-Friendly Hospital on November 25, 2015. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a program of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), dedicated to ensuring that all birthing hospitals and centers support new mothers as they begin to breastfeed.

At Mass General, we have implemented several programs as part of the initiative, including rooming-in, using pacifiers only for medical reasons and practicing skin-to-skin mother-baby bonding. These practices have shown to increase rates of breastfeeding.

Learn about Mass General’s efforts help all mothers meet their breastfeeding goals from Lauren Hanley, MD, IBCLC, co-chair of the Mass General Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Breastfeeding Classes

Mass General breastfeeding classes cover the function and structure of the breast, latching and positioning, nutrition, feeding patterns, growth spurts, and recommendations on pumping and storage of breast milk. Register for a breastfeeding class

Breastfeeding Information

Breastfeeding Guide: How to Get Off to a Great Start
Breastfeeding information for new mothers

Quick Tips for Initiating Breastfeeding
Advice from Mass General to help new mothers initiate breastfeeding

Making Milk
Ten steps for breastfeeding success from the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition
The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition is a non-profit that aims to make breastfeeding the norm through education, advocacy and collaboration.

Helpful Hints for Early Days

Pacifiers—To Use or Not to Use
Learn how and when to use a pacifier with a new baby

At Mass General, babies stay in their mother’s hospital room unless there is a medical complication or a special procedure is needed.

Your New Family and Breastfeeding Guide
Information about for new parents about caring for themselves and their newborn

Going Home

Breastfeeding Checklist for Newborns
A breastfeeding checklist from the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition advises mothers of newborns of the signs that show their babies are nursing normally and when to seek help from a pediatrician or a lactation consultant.

When You Go Home
Instructions for after discharge from the hospital from the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

Join a new parent group
Weekly groups for pregnant women, new mothers and their families run by Mass General provide a friendly and supportive environment to discuss questions regarding breastfeeding, newborn care, adjusting to parenthood and breast pump use.
Localized information about lactation consultants, support groups and mother-to-mother breastfeeding educators

Having Trouble?

Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally.

Find a Lactation Consultant
Search tool for finding local lactation consultants from the International Lactation Consultant Association

Information about parenting and breastfeeding, including common breastfeeding challenges

Best for Babes
Support for breastfeeding mothers

Formula Preparation Guidelines
Information for parents about how to formula feed

This list does not indicate an endorsement by Mass General of any products or services offered by the companies included.

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