Melrose-Wakefield Hospital received this honor during the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition’s annual conference on Oct. 6 at the Massachusetts Medical Society in Waltham. The award recognizes the hospital for its commitment to eliminating the distribution of formula company discharge gift bags to breastfeeding mothers and their infants, a practice that is known to undermine breastfeeding success.

In a letter to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, DPH Commissioner John Auerbach said, “Your good work goes beyond the hospital stay; your attention and dedication to actively promoting and supporting breastfeeding impacts the health and well-being of mothers and their newborns for years to come.”

“Breastfeeding provides so many health and wellness benefits that we want to make sure our mothers are aware of,” said Mary Foley, RN, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital’s breastfeeding support center coordinator. “Being recognized by DPH reinforces our efforts and is a great honor.”

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital has been providing maternity care and welcoming newborns in a nurturing and comfortable environment for more than 100 years. Providing up-to-date medical care, the local community hospital’s experienced and compassionate staff is committed to making patients’ delivery a positive and memorable experience.

As the first of its kind in the United States, the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Baby Café also offers all pregnant and breastfeeding mothers an opportunity to learn more about breastfeeding in a comfortable and friendly environment. Housed in the Hope Alliance Church, 84 Green St. in Melrose, the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Baby Café is a free service available to all pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. One-on-one help from specially trained health professional is available, including professional lactation support and WIC peer counselors.

To learn more about Melrose-Wakefield Hospital or the Baby Cafe , visit


Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham, The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham, Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading, Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford, and Ell Pond Medical Associates. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.


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