About BNF

Get to know us a little better

Berkshire Nursing Families is a nonprofit agency that was founded in 1998 and gained 501c3 status in 2000. It grew from a grass roots lactation support group, Berkshire Nursing Mothers, which began in 1974.

  • Our mission is to enhance the life-long health of our community through the promotion and support of breastfeeding.
  • Our goal is to provide for our community with the tools, skills and education to make the best personal choice when offering nutrition to babies regardless of ability to pay for services.
  • Our commitment is to provide a positive experience for all families interested in learning about breastfeeding and this excellent source of nutrition for their babies.
Rosalie Girard, IBCLC

Founder and Director, Berkshire Nursing Families

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 (2014)

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 2015

Total Family Contacts in 2015


Families Breastfeeding at 3 Months (2013)

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.

Help support Berkshire Nursing Families.

We are only able to provide our world-class service free of charge because of generous donations from people like you.

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