The Breastfeeding Initiative collaborates with other Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition programs to increase statewide breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity rates. It supports breastfeeding families, provides promotional materials, supports hospital breastfeeding regulations and breastfeeding legislation, monitors breastfeeding rates and trends, and provides technical assistance and training to healthcare professionals.

Resources for Families

Resources for Providers

  • United States Breastfeeding Committee
    Provides professional training, work place support, and information on current legislation, policies and initiatives.
  • Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
    Provides scientific literature, statements and clinical protocols. International organization of physicians dedicated to protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
  • Lactmed
    Provides a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed.
  • Infant Risk Center
    Provides current evidence-based information on the use of medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition
    Provides useful materials, resources and guidance for professionals working with breastfeeding mothers and infants.
  • Mothers' Milk Bank
    Accepts human milk donations and provides pasteurized donor human milk to babies in compromised health within New England.

Contact Information

Ellen Tolan RD, LDN, IBCLC
State Breastfeeding Coordinator, Nutritionist
Massachusetts WIC Program, Nutrition Division
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
phone: 617-624-6128
fax: 617-624-6179
email: Ellen Tolan or Rachel Colchamiro


This information is provided by the Nutrition Division within the Department of Public Health.