New and continuing research indicates the importance of breastfeeding on the health of both mother and child. Lack of breastfeeding and early formula feeding contribute to the rising incidence of childhood overweight and associated morbidities, and chronic diseases in childhood and adolescence, including diabetes and asthma. In addition, researchers are increasingly aware of the link between a woman's breastfeeding history and a reduced risk of certain breast, ovarian and uterine cancers.

Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

Visit for breastfeeding information, patient materials, clinical guidelines and an on-line Breastfeeding Resource Guide, including local breastfeeding support programs.




This information is provided by the Early Interventions Partnerships Program within the Department of Public Health.