Breastfeeding News


New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition’s

Annual Education and Networking Conference

Thursday, March 22, 2018 at The Hilton Garden Inn Troy, NY 12180


Conference Agenda

7:30 – 8:30AM 

8:30 – 8:45 AM

8:45– 9:15 AM 
RUTH LAWRENCE, MD History of Breastfeeding Medicine

9:15 – 10:45 AM
LIZ BROOKS, JD, IBCLC A Pebble in a Pond - Breastfeeding Advocacy

10:45 – 11:15 AM
Break/Exhibits Open

11:15 – 11:45 AM
TRISH MACENROE, Executive Director, Baby Friendly USA - Update

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
NYSBC 2017 Mini-Grant Reports, Networking

12:15 - 1:15 PM 
Lunch/Exhibits open

1:15 - 2:45 PM
LIZ BROOKS, JD, IBCLC - Whiners and Deniers

2:45 - 3:00 PM Break

3:00 – 4:15 PM 
MELISSA LAWLOR, CNM, IBCLC How Hospital Policies Impact the Breastfeeding Dyad

4:15 PM Evaluation/adjourn

To register online visit:


New Jersey Supports Breastfeeding with Workplace Lactation Law

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide reasonable break time as well as a clean place for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year. New Jersey joined 27 other states, including New York, who have additional laws to protect breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. Governor Christie signed legislation amending laws to prohibit employers from firing or discriminating against workers who may need time to express milk during the work day. The employer must provide reasonable break time and a suitable private place to express milk.

For information about the Federal workplace law:
For information about the NYS law:
View the NYS Making it Work tool kit:


Breastfeeding Offers Protection Against Diabetes

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found increased breastfeeding duration reduces the incidence of diabetes.  This 30-year study found a 25% to 47% reduction of the incidence of diabetes in women who breastfed.  With several studies through the years looking at the effect lactation has on diabetes this study looked at pre-pregnancy biochemical measures, clinical and demographic risk factors, lifestyle behaviors, weight gain and gestational diabetes risk, which previous studies have not. Simply stated, the longer a woman breastfeeds the more protection is offered to her against diabetes.

View the complete study here:


World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2018:

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week will be August 1-7. This is the 26th year of World Breastfeeding Week, a campaign by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by linking each goal to breastfeeding. WABA is a global network of individuals and organizations concerned with the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding worldwide. This year’s WABA theme is “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life”

Together, lets attract political support, media attention, participation of young people, and widen our pool of celebrants and supporters.

For more information visit the WABA website:

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Breastfeeding Grand Rounds (BFGR) 2018- SAVE THE DATE  

This year’s BFGR webcast will be held on August 2nd from 8:30-10:30 AM. The webcast is targeted towards medical providers and public health professionals, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health educators and lactation consultants and any other seeking to support breastfeeding mothers and/or address health disparities. Click here for more information and to view previous years’ BFGR.  


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Adds Information About WIC To Their Website

ICON acogIt is important for physicians to be aware of all WIC offers and now obstetricians can learn more about WIC by viewing information from ACOG’s website.  Click here to view their page: