A lot is happening in the NYC and NYS breastfeeding worlds right now and so much of it is good indeed!
We look forward to hearing about all the plans that are underway for World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. As you know, the NYC Breastfeeding Leadership Council, Inc. plans a huge Breastfeeding Subway Caravan every year. This year’s event is on Friday, August 3rd. We hope you can all join us on the Steps of City Hall at 11 AM when we kick off the event with a Press Conference featuring Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Liz Krueger and other elected officials. We hope to attract at least 150 breastfeeding moms with their babies for a great media photo op! This event was established to raise awareness that moms can nurse their baby “Any where …. Any time”. Help us let the world know that NYC Breastfeeds! After the Press Conference we all join together and take the A Train to Restoration Plaza in Bedford Stuyvesant to join our friends at BABE for the greatest breastfeeding party anywhere!
The NYS Department of Health released data that showed that the state WIC Program has met its breastfeeding initiation goals six years ahead of schedule. Breastfeeding initiation increased from 62 percent in 2002 to 82.4 percent in 2014, surpassing, according to the Department, the federal Healthy People 2020 goal of 81.9 percent. The increased prevalence of breastfeeding initiation was especially pronounced among Hispanic women who reached the HP2020 goal in 2007 and have continued to improve each year since. Asians, who historically have shown lower rates of breastfeeding, have shown the greatest improvement, with only 45.8 percent initiating breastfeeding in 2002 and 82.7 percent in 2015 – an amazing accomplishment! Exclusive breastfeeding was not monitored until 2006 but is also showing a steady increase. We are very proud of the role the WIC Program has played in this outstanding accomplishment. Kudos to one and all! Read more ›