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NYCBLC Press Conference on the steps of City Hall
Members of the NYCBLC, along with Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, at a Press Conference on the steps of City Hall
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    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 … Read more

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Timeline photosSupporting Families During the Infant Formuła Shortage:
All of us have compassion for the many families dealing with the national infant formula shortage. As lactation support professionals, our focus should be on ensuring that parents who need access to infant formula have the information they need to keep their babies fed and safe. We are also here to help any families that may want to relactate or increase their production during this time period. Some important things to note when communicating with parents:

The Health and Human Services department has created a help information page for parents looking for resources to find formula here:

The AAP has an advice page for parents:

Navigating the US Formula Shortage: A Safe Approach

What should parents do?
•Call their pediatrician about alternatives if they use a specialized formula that is in short supply
•Visit the HHS site above to source the formula they need
•Connect to share milk systems like Human Milk 4 Human Babies and Eats on Feets for human milk sharing opportunities
•Connect to donor milk sites
•If lactating parents have an extra supply of human milk, consider becoming a part of the share milk/donor milk system to help families in need
•Use these safety tips in this excellent video when preparing formula
•If you are concerned about Cronobacter Infections (perhaps you have a baby with a compromised immune system) use these helpful measures
•Visits the CDC Formula Preparation Site
•Connect with their local lactation support professional if they wish to try and relactate, induce lactation, or increase/support their milk supply

What should parents try NOT to do?
•Make homemade infant formula (it lacks vital ingredients for a baby’s growth and development)
•Hoard formula (Instead, only buy what you need. The AAP recommends only buying 10-14 day supply at a time.)
•Water down infant formula to extend its life (this can cause serious health issues for your baby)
•Buy infant formula online from predatory marketplaces

Unfortunately, there has been some backlash towards the lactation community as advocates have shared their long-held concerns about the fact that this and other serious concerns with artificial milk production have always been a concern and there has not been a national plan or legislation to address these concerns. Therefore, this is a vital time, to call your legislative representative and share your story and your concerns with a clear call to action.

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