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Learn more about the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative at Mass General
Videos about labor and delivery and postpartum topics
Massachusetts General Hospital is part of the international Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to support all new mothers in meeting their breastfeeding goals. We provide support, education and resources, along with new programs to increase rates of breastfeeding.
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
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 Guide: How to Get Off to a Great StartBreastfeeding information for new mothers
Quick Tips for Initiating BreastfeedingAdvice from Mass General to help new mothers initiate breastfeeding
Making MilkTen steps for breastfeeding success from the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition
Massachusetts Breastfeeding CoalitionThe Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition is a non-profit that aims to make breastfeeding the norm through education, advocacy and collaboration.
Pacifiers—To Use or Not to UseLearn how and when to use a pacifier with a new baby
Rooming-inAt 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 GuideInformation about for new parents about caring for themselves and their newborn
Breastfeeding Checklist for NewbornsA 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 HomeInstructions for after discharge from the hospital from the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition
Join a new parent groupWeekly 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.
Zipmilk.orgLocalized information about lactation consultants, support groups and mother-to-mother breastfeeding educators
Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally.
Find a Lactation ConsultantSearch tool for finding local lactation consultants from the International Lactation Consultant Association
KellyMomInformation about parenting and breastfeeding, including common breastfeeding challenges
Best for BabesSupport for breastfeeding mothers
Formula Preparation GuidelinesInformation for parents about how to formula feed
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