Hilltown Families


If new mothers find themselve have more than enough breastmilk for their babies, making a breastmilk donation may be a way for them to help protect the health of premature infants… and for Valley families, it just got more convenient to donate! The Pioneer Valley Breastfeeding Coalition has announced the opening of a new donor breastmilk depot, housed at Northampton Area Pediatrics in Northampton, MA…

Berkshire County’s Big Latch On Marya LaRoche writes: August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week and to celebrate, the Le Leche League has announced a nationwide breastfeeding event called the Big Latch On.   On Saturday August 6, 2011 at 10:30am thousands of nursing mothers and their babies across the United States will gather in their own communities to take part in the Big Latch On, America’s first synchronized nursing event in multiple… Read More

Everyone Can Help Make Breastfeeding Easier, Surgeon General Says in “Call to Action” According to a recent press release from the Surgeon General’s office last week, Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin has issued a “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding,” outlining steps that can be taken to remove some of the obstacles faced by women who want to breastfeed their babies. “Many barriers exist for mothers who want to breastfeed,” Dr. Benjamin… Read More

World Breastfeeding Week in Western MA The week of August 1st, breastfeeding advocates all over the world will be celebrating World Breastfeeding Week for the 19th year with the theme “Breastfeeding: Just 10 Steps. The Baby-Friendly Way.” Below is a list of breastfeeding events happening in the Pioneer Valley, along with ten steps the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action states every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should follow… Read More

The Power of One: Weaned By HF Contributing Writer, Dana Pilson I remember it well, Daisy as a chubby pink baby. She looks up at me with a toothless grin, and then makes a fist with one hand. She opens and closes it, one, two three times. “Hungry, again?” Okay, I pull up my shirt and let her nurse. As usual, she falls asleep in my lap, her face smushed against my… Read More

Urgent Call for Human Milk Donations for Haiti Infants The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), International Lactation Consultant Association/United States Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA/USLCA), and La Leche League International (LLLI) are jointly issuing an urgent call for human milk donations for premature infants in Haiti, as well as sick and premature infants in the United States. This week the first shipment of human milk… Read More

Cooley Dickinson Hospital Childbirth Center takes baby steps toward national initiative Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Childbirth Center in Northampton, MA has received a certificate of intent from the UNICEF/World Health Organization Baby-Friendly USA Hospital initiative. Receiving this document is a first step in Cooley Dickinson’s application process toward becoming certified as a Baby-Friendly hospital, according to this organization’s ten-step process. Paula Mattson, international board certified lactation consultant and the hospital’s liaison to the… Read More

Tanya Lieberman of Northampton, MA writes: Dear Hilltown Families, Are you nursing? Did you have your first child before 25 and are now 35 or over? Or, have you had a biopsy or are you expecting to have one? I’ve been working with Dr. Kathleen Arcaro at UMass to recruit breastfeeding mothers to participate in two breast cancer studies, and I’m writing to see if any of you would qualify to participate…. Read More

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