Mom Spotlight


Breastfeeding Best Practices, You Can Do It, WIC Can Help!

The NYS WIC Training Center offers many training programs for WIC staff in an effort to strengthen our commitment to breastfeeding and support our breastfeeding community.  “Breastfeeding Best Practices, You Can Do It, WIC Can Help!” is a 2-day training focusing on an initiative to increase exclusive breastfeeding within WIC.  At a recent training, participants created posters depicting their vision of a strong breastfeeding community for WIC mothers. The MARO region shares their creative posters:






New York State WIC Program World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2017

(August 1st - August 7th) is the annual celebration to promote the importance of breastfeeding and improve the health of babies world-wide. New York State (NYS) WIC local agencies across the state held WBW events which included walks, picnics, baby showers, tea parties, block parties, health fairs, The Big Latch On community event, and fun activities for WIC families. The Essex County WIC program is proud to share this beautiful picture story of their WBW event in Lake Placid, New York:


New York City Breastfeeding Subway Caravan

CaravanOn August 4, 2017, the New York City Breastfeeding Leadership Council and Brooklyn Alliance for Breastfeeding Empowerment (BABE), held its annual Breastfeeding Subway Caravan in New York City. The subway caravan celebrants board the subway in Bronx, travel through Manhattan, stopping at City Hall for a public ceremony. The caravan continues to Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, where after a short walk they arrive at Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Restoration Plaza for WBW festivities hosted by the hospital’s WIC program and BABE. Ceremonies, awards, community entertainments, WBW promotion, health community representatives, food and beverages, and lots more fun make for a memorable time for all. Thank you NYC!


Breastfeeding Grand Rounds

On August 3, 2017, the University at Albany School of Public health (SPH) in partnership with the New York RoundsState WIC Program, presented the annual Breastfeeding Grand Rounds (BFGR) webcast. This year’s BFGR was titled “The Impact of Social and Cultural Values on Breastfeeding Practices and Strategies to Address Disparities”. BFGR featured nationally recognized speakers, Naomi Bar-Yam, PhD, ACSW, Executive Director of the Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast and President of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America; Kimberly Seals Allers, MS, Director of the First Food Friendly Community Initiative and Author of The Mocha Manual and The Big Let Down; and Dr. Ruth Lawrence, Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
The webcast has been recorded and made available for viewing here .
Continuing education credits are available for dietitians, nurses, physicians, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, WIC CPA staff, and others.




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