Breastfeeding News


The Global Big Latch On

Thank you to all who participated in The Global Big Latch On. Results from the Global Big Latch On 2019:

  • 18,576 children were breastfeeding at the one minute count
  • 19,414 breastfeeding people attended
  • 58,003 people attended registered Global Big Latch On locations to support breastfeeding

For additional information visit the Big Latch On website.

Breastfeeding Grand Rounds 2019: Breastfeeding Recommendations for Women Impacted by Opioid Use Disorder and Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

The 2019 BFGR live webcast will discuss the prevalence of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) among pregnant women and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in infants. Health professionals, women, and their families should understand that breastfeeding can play a key role in the treatment of NAS by decreasing its duration and severity. This webcast will provide resources for identifying pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-partum women with OUD, strategies and tools for discussing it with them, and approaches to refer them to the most appropriate options for support and follow up.

Click here to view the archived webinar recording and obtain credits.

NYC Lactation Accommodations

This webpage addresses Local Laws 185 and 186, providing workplace lactation accommodations. Employers are required to have a lactation policy in place, and as such the NYC Commission on Human Rights created model policies for workplaces to use as a framework for their own policies.

Spanish Breastfeeding Support Materials Available

As part of the WIC Breastfeeding Support Learn Together, Grow Together campaign, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released materials in Spanish! Staff and partners can visit the campaign website for access to handouts in Spanish. Please download, print and share with moms to help them meet their breastfeeding goals.


The 2017 NYS WIC PedNSS statewide data was recently released and reflects the following key breastfeeding findings:

  • The breastfeeding initiation rate continued to increase from 84.8 percent in 2016 to 85.3 percent in 2017, with increases across all racial/ethnic groups except for Whites, whose rates remained the same (Table 19C). Asians and American Indian/Alaskan Natives had the largest increase (2.8 and 1.2 percentage points, respectively). Whites (with the initiation rate at 80.1%) was the only racial/ethnic group that did not reached the HP2020 breastfeeding initiation goal of 81.9% in 2017.
  • There were slight improvements in breastfeeding duration indicators in the 2017 PedNSS report compared to those in the 2016 report (Table 3C). In particular, 55.7 percent (vs. 55.3%), 42.0 percent (vs. 41.4%), and 25.1 percent (vs. 24.2%) of infants in the 2017 (vs. 2016) cohort were breastfed for ≥3, ≥6, and ≥12 months, respectively. The NYS WIC program continued to make progress toward meeting the HP2020 objectives for breastfeeding ≥6 months (60.6%) and ≥12 months (34.1%).
  • In 2017, the overall prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding at ≥3 months and at ≥6 months remained steady compared to 2016 (15.3% vs. 15.1%, and 9.2% vs. 9.2%, respectively) (Table 3C). 

2018 Breastfeeding Report Card
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released its 2018 Breastfeeding Report Card. The Report Card provides national and state-level data on breastfeeding objectives highlighted in Healthy People 2020 such as initiation, duration, and early introduction of formula to breastfed infants. High nationwide initiation suggests that many US mothers wish to breastfeed, yet much lower rates of any breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding by 6 and 12 months suggest mothers may not be receiving an adequate amount of support for their needs. Despite these difficulties, the report notes that the nation now meets 5 of the 8 Healthy People 2020 goals. Some findings include the following:

Among infants born in 2015:
• More than 4 out of 5 (83.2%) initiate breastfeeding.
• Almost half (46.9%) were exclusively breastfeeding at 3 months old.
• More than one-third (35.9%) of infants were breastfeeding at 12 months old.

• More than 1 in 4 babies are now born in facilities that provide recommended maternity care practices for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
• Almost half (49%) of employers provide work site lactation support programs.

Findings specific to New York State include the following:
• 85.1% of infants initiate breastfeeding
• 59.5% and 38.2% of infants are breastfeeding at 6 and 12 months, respectively.
• At 3 months of age only 42.8% of infants are exclusively breastfeeding. This number decreases to 21.4% by 6 months.
• The percentage of breastfed infants receiving formula before 2 days of age is 17.2% for the United States as a whole; In New York state this figure is 26.5%.

The WIC Program continues to promote and support breastfeeding as the normal method of infant feeding by helping mothers reach their breastfeeding goals. For additional information about the Report Card, click here.

 NYS WIC Announces the 2019 USDA Loving Support Award of Excellence Winners!


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Each year the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS),

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) announces the Loving Support Award of Excellence program. The award program was established to recognize local WIC agencies that have provided exemplary breastfeeding promotion and support activities. The intent is to provide models and motivate other local agencies to strengthen their breastfeeding promotion and support activities and ultimately increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates among WIC participants. The award is given at three levels of performance that build on one another: Gold, Premiere, and Elite.

This year, FNS awarded a total of 100 WIC local agencies with awards, 84 Gold and 16 Gold Premiere. We are proud to announce that New York State received 7 Gold awards. The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) would like to applaud our winners for their achievement and dedication to breastfeeding promotion and support year-round. This year’s winners are as follows:

2019 Gold Awardees:

  • LA #221 Broome County Health Department WIC
  • LA #203 Commission on Economic Opportunity WIC
  • LA #235 Chemung Schuyler WIC
  • LA #207 Delaware Opportunities Inc.
  • LA #318 Montefiore New Rochelle WIC Program
  • LA #264 Morrisania WIC Program
  • LA #294 Opportunity Development Association WIC Williamsburg

The 2020 application period opens, October 7th and closes on December 13th. All WIC local agencies are encouraged to apply for their own Loving Support Award of Excellence. Details about the application process and FAQs can be found here:Loving Support Award of Excellence Program.

Healthy Children's Project

Looking for training as a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC®)? The Healthy Children Project – Center for Breastfeeding, has available the following 2019-2020 dates and locations for New York State:

November 4-8th in Cortland, NY

February 3-7th in New York, NY

February 24-28th in Buffalo, NY

March 2-6th in New York, NY

March 16-20th in Syracuse, NY

March 30-3rd in Schenectady, NY

March 30-3rd in New York, NY

May 18-22nd in New York, NY

June 15-19th in New York, NY

Click here,, for more information and to register