Breastfeeding News

New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition Annual Education Conference

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Originally scheduled on April 2, 2020

The 6th Annual Education Conference titled, “Widening the Lens to Improve Lactation Outcomes for All” is currently postponed until further notice. For more information, click the following link

Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19):

As communities around the nation respond to the global Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the USBC has continued to serve as a communication hub for the breastfeeding field. View the updated "Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies" webpage for key resources on COVID-19 and infant feeding. See the Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire archive for previous compilations of COVID-19 resources and updates.

Additionally, the New York State Department of Health website continues to be an updated and accurate source of information and resources during the pandemic:

United States Breastfeeding Committee 2019 Annual Report Released

This magazine-style digital annual report presents USBC's accomplishments and activities from 2019. It was a busy year with many highlights, including welcoming the largest and most diverse cohort of new USBC member organizations, securing $9 million in funding for the CDC's Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program, and passage of the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act. In addition to providing key insights and data from our work together in 2019, the report looks ahead at the vital work before us as we face this global pandemic. Download the report to learn more

Healthy Children Project, Inc., Center for Breastfeeding

Due to the developing public health concerns presented by COVID-19, Healthy Children Project Inc., has converted the lactation counselor training into an online platform. Consisting of videos, self-check questions and competency verifications, this 52-hour online course (same time requirement as the face-to-face training) may be completed all at once or progress may be saved and continued.

To find out more about the online conversion click this link:

For information on when this course may be offered by the WIC Training Center:

Collective Impact Webinar Series

The United States Breastfeeding Committee is hosting a series of bi-monthly webinars as part of its efforts to "engage stakeholders in a Collective Impact model" (USBC Strategic Framework Goal 3). With funding support from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this series will focus on building the capacity of the breastfeeding field to apply collective impact principles and tools to collaborative efforts for policy and practice change. Webinars are held every two months (in even numbered months) on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET.

Register for the webinar series

For more details and to view previously recorded webinars please visit:

Envisioning a Breastfeeding-Friendly System 

The United States Breastfeeding Committee hosts this series of bi-monthly webinars as part of its efforts to "create and model a culture of inclusion, diversity & equity" (USBC Strategic Framework Goal 4). With funding support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this series will focus on building the capacity of the breastfeeding field to apply both an "equity lens" to inform and guide our external strategies and activities, but also an "equity mirror" to examine our internal structures, culture, and policies. Webinars are held every two months (in odd-numbered months) on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. Register for the webinar series

For more details and to view previously recorded webinars please visit:

Free Breastfeeding and Pumping Images Available

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition, have published a group of royalty-free photos of breastfeeding and pumping in everyday settings. The photos are available through the CDC's State and Community Health Media Center at no cost to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. To access these photos, select "Nutrition: Breastfeeding" in the "Topics" dropdown menu while searching.

Break Time for Nursing Mothers

NYS law protects nursing mothers in the workplace. If or when mothers are not being given reasonable unpaid time to pump there are resources available to support them. Information on how to file a complaint through the Wage and Hour Division at the US Dept of Labor is included at the following link for those in need/interested The link includes information on general guidance, applicable laws and additional resources.

Breastfeeding Grand Rounds 2019

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.

Global Big Latch On 2019

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.

 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.

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)