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.