Berkshire Nursing Families
Breastfeeding to a better future
You have been challenged to help raise $40,000 for BNF. Every dollar pledged to Berkshire Nursing Families before December 31st will be matched up to $40,000 for a grand total of $80,000. That’s right, dollar for dollar: Your gift of $5 will become $10; $50 will become $100; $500 will become $1,000.
This past spring when North Adams Regional Hospital closed we lost our home and partner of 16 years. Along with the loss of this wonderful institution we lost half of our operating budget. It has been a bumpy year, yet, through it all BNF continues to grow. So far this year we have served over 700 families, the most in our almost 20 year history.
Thanks to you and your generous donation, BNF will continue to support families with FREE childbirth classes, around the clock lactation support, playgroups, and so much more.
Please take a moment to Double Down 4 BNF. Making a donation is easy and keeps BNF at your bedsides, on the other end of the phone, and a permanent member of our community. We cannot do this without YOU.
Thank you for your DD support!Rosalie Girard
Double Down 4 BNF
Throughout the month of December, your already-generous donation will be matched dollar for dollar.
Berkshire Nursing Families provides one-on-one contact and support at every stage of the breastfeeding process. From prenatal classes to in-home consultations, we are here to help you.
Whether it is for routine questions or crisis management, our Breastfeeding Support Line is available 24/7 to help you when you need it most.
All Free of Charge
We at Berkshire Nursing Families do not believe that world-class service should only be available to those who can afford it. That is why we have been providing our award-winning service free to members of the Berkshire County community for almost 15 years.
Berkshire Nursing Families provides education, lactation consultation, a 7-day-a-week breastfeeding hotline, and home visits – all of which are free of charge – to every family who needs them. Because breastfeeding impacts so many aspects of family wellness – from reducing health concerns like diabetes and asthma to improving mother-child bonding – the organization makes a powerful contribution to the well-being of our community’s families.
As a nonprofit organization, we are able to provide these free services because of the generous support of Northern Berkshire United Way, local businesses, churches, private donors, the participants of our annual Team Trivia night and numerous granting-awarding foundations. See the complete list of our vital and generous supporters here. For more information, call our support line at (413) 743-5338.
Families Initiating Breastfeeding
When Berkshire Nursing Families was founded in 1998, only 50% of families in Northern Berkshire County breastfed their children for even one day – a rate well below the national average. Today, our community is outpacing both the nation and the rest of the state.
Families Served in 2013
BNF Service Contacts in 2013
Families Breastfeeding at 3 Months
A hospital quality-assurance study found that in the year prior to the program’s launch, only 38% of Northern Berkshire County families breastfed to 3 months. Within our first year alone, we were able to almost double that statistic.