It’s been almost a year since the Breastfeeding Friendly Program was nominated for the Spotlight on Population Health (SOPHi) Awards. We followed up with Courtney Gfroerer, Marketing & Community Impact Specialist for the Child Care Resource Network to learn more about the program.
Tell us about the Breastfeeding Friendly Program.
Child care programs can apply to become Breast Feeding Friendly Certified. By doing this, child care programs can help moms and babies successfully develop and maintain a breastfeeding routine. While there are many great reasons to become BFF Certified, like the fact that breastfeeding can help keep costs down for families, one of the best reasons is that meals containing breast milk are reimbursed by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) – the federal food program that many child care providers already participate in, and all are welcome to join.
What need is this program addressing?
This program is helping families who need or choose to use child care continue their home routines. Just because children are cared for in a different environment while their parents or guardians are at work doesn’t mean they can’t still be breastfed.
Who is your target clientele?
We hope to attract all child care providers in Erie County to become a part of this program. That’s hundreds of child care providers affecting thousands of children and families!
How many people do you serve?
277 individual child care programs.
What is something you’re proud of regarding this project?
Child Care Resource Network has helped the highest percentage of family and group family child care providers in New York State become BFF Certified – Erie County is #1! In Erie County, 57% of family and group family child care programs are BFF, largely through the efforts of CCRN’s CACFP program, compared to a rate of just 12% throughout New York State.
What’s the best way for someone to contact you if they have more questions?
Child care programs, parents, or families can always call us for information or questions about the BFF program. It is free and simple for child care providers to become certified! We can be reached at 716-877-6666.
The first week of August marks World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). Coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, WBW aims to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding worldwide. In Western New York, the rate of infants being fed exclusively breast milk varies. According to the 2012-2014 Vital Statistics, the percentage of infants fed exclusively breast milk in the delivery hospital for Western New York is 52.7%, with Wyoming County at the highest rate (68.8%) and Niagara County has the lowest rate (51.0%).
In celebration and recognition of WBW, we are highlighting two former Spotlight on Population Health (SOPHi) nominees, Child Care Resource Network’s Breastfeeding Friendly Program and United Memorial Medical Center’s Baby Café.
Child Care Resource Network’s Breastfeeding Friendly Program
Breastfeeding Friendly is an initiative by Child Care Resource Network that aims to certify child care programs as Breastfeeding Friendly. Because breastfeeding is good for moms and babies, it’s important for providers – whether in centers or homes – to continue with this practice. Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of illness, infection, and obesity. It helps providers and families keep their budgets low, and is recognized by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) of New York State.
Child Care Resource Network’s Breastfeeding Friendly program recruits child care centers and programs, educates them on the benefits of breastfeeding, trains them, and certifies them. Their aim is to have all child care programs certified as Breastfeeding Friendly in Western New York.
The Breastfeeding Friendly program also works with businesses to train employees on the importance for mothers having access to pump or breastfeed.
Child Care Resource Network helped 202 child care programs and daycare centers become certified or re-certified designated as Breastfeeding Friendly in 2015-2016 within Erie County. Child Care Resource Network has also implemented their own breastfeeding program within the office for the organization's staff as well as any client that comes in to speak with staff or child care provider that comes in for training. Child Care Resource Network encourages all those who need or want to use a room whenever they'd like, a darkened, quiet room equipped with a refrigerator specifically for breast milk and a rocking chair for mom and baby.
It’s been almost a year since the Breastfeeding Friendly Program was nominated for the Spotlight on Population Health (SOPHi) Awards. We followed up with Courtney Gfroerer, Marketing & Community Impact Specialist for the Child Care Resource Network to learn more about the program. Check out our blog next week to learn more!
United Memorial Medical Center’s Baby Café
Baby Café at United Memorial Medical Center has had great success since it began operating in August 2014. It is a free service that is held once a week as a social support group for breastfeeding moms. Any breastfeeding mom can attend with her infant and other small children. Certified lactation consultants are present to answer questions and light refreshments are served.
When visiting Baby Café, you can expect:
For more information please contact Baby Café at (585)344-5480 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big thank you goes out to all those who nominated an organization for the 2017 Spotlight on Population Health Awards! The response this year was overwhelming, with nearly 50 nominations! Join us in welcoming this year's nominees, and register today!
Without further ado, here are your 2017 nominees:
Was your organization nominated? We may still be waiting to hear from you! Make sure someone from your organization contacts us for more information on this year's event. We're excited to celebrate with all of you at Buffalo RiverWorks.
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What People Are Saying About SOPHi
Uplifting and fun atmosphere!
It was wonderful. The food, the location, the entertainment, the awards. No complaints. We nominated lots of partners for the awards, and I think it really made them feel special. Acknowledging the work they do for the betterment of the community not only makes them feel appreciated, but it encourages them to do more- to keep it up. So thank you for this opportunity to spur excitement for community health improvement in our county.
Great to recognize the organizations that are helping to improve population health here in WNY.