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If you’re breastfeeding your baby, support and resources are available close to where you live.

Breastfeeding rates are on the rise in Massachusetts. According to the 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card from the CDC, eighty-three percent of Massachusetts women breastfeed their infants in the early days of life. And that’s not all — the number of women continuing to breastfeed in the weeks and months after birth are increasing as well.

With more women breastfeeding comes the need for greater access to breastfeeding support. ZipMilk.org, a project of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, has been providing both Massachusetts’ families and health care providers with breastfeeding resources sorted by zip code for more than seven years. Recently, the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition revamped the ZipMilk site and has expanded its listings of breastfeeding service providers.

With over 450 listings in Massachusetts alone, ZipMilk provides an abundance of resources that caters to the growing need for breastfeeding support. The online directory can point you towards board-certified lactation consultants, breastfeeding counselors and educators, breastfeeding support groups, free community-based lactation resources including WIC programs and more. Whether you are a new mom looking for breastfeeding advice or a health care provider wanting to link parents with knowledgeable lactation professionals, visit www.zipmilk.org where neighborhood breastfeeding help is a click away!

This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.

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