Breastfeeding News


The Global Big Latch On

Find out how you can join breastfeeding mothers all around the world August 2nd through 4th!

Follow these three simple steps:

  1. Find a registered location
  2. Show up before 10:30 am at the predetermined location
  3. Breastfeed your baby at 10:30 am EST and be counted among over 60,000 breastfeeding moms all breastfeeding at the exact same time around the world.

For additional information check out The Global Big Latch On website.

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

Breastfeeding Grand Rounds (BFGR) 2019 will air on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

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 for more information and to register.


NYSBC IBCLE Scholarship

NYSBC announces The Increasing Diversity IBCLE April 2020 Exam scholarship!

We are pleased and proud to be able to provide a limited number of scholarships to eligible candidates for the IBCLC exam in 2020. The cost of taking the IBCLC exam may be a financial hardship for some candidates. The NYSBC is offering need-based scholarship money not to exceed $1000 per calendar year to IBCLC exam candidates taking the exam for the first time. (NYSBC will not pay for a retake of the exam if they do not pass the first time). Priority will be given to candidates of minority groups and candidates planning to serve in underserved areas of NYS. Preference will also be given to candidates meeting more than one criteria. The scholarship award may be applied to purchase study materials, the exam application fee, transportation, meals or lodging directly related travel to the exam site. Candidates will have already completed the required education in order to qualify to sit for the exam in April 2020.

Applications are due by 5pm August 1st, 2019

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.