Welcome to the New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition. The NYSBC is an advocacy, not for profit organization focusing on issues that affect breastfeeding.
Are you part of a local breastfeeding coalition in New York State? If you are making plans to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week/National Breastfeeding Month this summer, please consider applying for a mini-grant from the NYSBC! Information and application is on this link. www.surveymonkey.com/s/NYSBC-2013-WBW-mini-grant
This year's theme is Breastfeeding Support, Close to Mothers. Information is available on this link www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org
NYS Medicaid Reimbursement for Lactation Services and Breast Pumps
New York State Medicaid will provide reimbursement for IBCLC services. Qualified practitioners of Medicaid reimburseable lactation counseling services are the following NYS licensed health professionals who are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC): physician, nurse practitioner, midwife, physician assistant, and registered nurse.
Medicaid requires that breast pumps meet minimum specifications to be reimbursable through the NYS Medicaid program.
For details on reimbursement for lactation services and breast pumps visit:
Action Alert: Breastfeeding Saves Dollars and Makes Sense
Contact your US congressional representative and inform them that breastfeeding is good for families, employers, and the economy. Tell them that congressional action is urgently needed to remove barriers to breastfeeding success. We need improved workplace accomodations, improved maternity care practices, and improved consumer protections regarding infant fomula labeling and marketing claims.
Information and resources are available at: www.usbreastfeeding.org/LegislationPolicy/BreastfeedingAdvocacyHQ/BreastfeedingSavesDollarsandMakesSense/tabid/339/Default.aspx
Action Alert: Ask your U.S. Representative and US Senators to co-sponsor and support the Breastfeeding Promotion Act. The Breastfeeding Promotion act includes two provisions that would protect and expand working mother’s right to beastfeed by:
- Amending civil rights law to protect breastfeeding mothers from being fired or discriminated against in the workplace.
- Extending the existing federal provision to ensure that an additional 13.5 million executive, administrative, and professional employees including teachers, have break time and a private place to pump in the workplace.
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Contact your legislator here: