Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick


Whereas Securing the welfare of our children, the most precious natural resource and greatest hope for the future, is a priority in the Commonwealth; and

Whereas All available knowledge indicates that human milk optimally enhances the growth, development and well-being of the infant by providing the best possible nutrition, protection against specific infection and allergies, and the promotion of maternal and infant bonding; and

Whereas Breastfeeding is economical, promoting healthier mothers and babies and benefiting society through lower health care costs, a healthier workforce, stronger family bonds, and less environmental pollution at little or no cost; and

Whereas The United States Department of Agriculture and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health promote breastfeeding through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); and

Whereas The number of women in the Commonwealth choosing to breastfeed their infants is increasing through the efforts of MBC, WIC, La Leche League, Nursing Mothers’ Council, lactation consultants and health care professionals,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim August 2013, to be

Massachusetts Breastfeeding Month

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this fifteenth day of July, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts