The Committee on Breastfeeding

The Committee on Breastfeeding

The Committee on Breastfeeding works to promote breastfeeding via education, advocacy, and legislative efforts. Through the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition (www.massbfc.org), the Committee provides statewide resource guides, lectures to hospital and office staff, community awards, and the organization of conferences for medical professionals and Zipmilk (a service providing lactation services by zipcode).  The Coalition has formed strong affiliations with the DPH and WIC to further goals and provide families with the benefits of human milk. We have worked to help produce the Annual Breastfeeding Conference in September 2015 and are working for another conference September, 2016 organized by the Mass Breastfeeding coalition. We also participated in a session for the Breastfeeding Chapter Coordinators at the 2015 Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine in October. We have worked to promote breastfeeding friendly regulations and legislation through DPH and the legislature giving testimony and working with other groups such as Mass ACOG.  We are also working to promote the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in the Breastfeeding Collaborative to bring together Massachusetts birthing hospital staff and community resources to help hospitals progress together that are working to become Baby Friendly. The AAP has endorsed the Ten Steps for Successful Breastfeeding. We are promoting the distribution of the Breastfeeding Hospital Policy from the AAP and also the latest Breastfeeding Policy Statements from the AAP . We are working to inform pediatricians about coding appropriately for services rendered to breastfeeding infants using the AAP guide to coding for breastfeeding and lactation. We are also working with pediatricians to improve exclusive breastfeeding rates in the hospitals.

 

Susan Browne, M.D., FAAP (brnfaap@me.com)