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New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition
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Governor Kathy Hochul announced resources for New York families amid nationwide infant formula shortages.
See Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) Statement on shortages of breastmilk substitutes and breastfeeding: https://www.bfmed.org/statement-on-shortage-of-breastmilk-substitutes
For Immediate Release: 5/12/2022 GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL
· Call your OBGYN or the infant's medical provider to see if they have in office samples or can suggest a similar formula that may be more readily available in stores that is nutritionally similar to meet the infant's needs.
· Switch to another brand or type that's available, if recommended by the infant's medical provider.
· Families with WIC should check the New York State Women, Infants and Children vendor site to find a list of WIC approved vendors who may have formula in stock.
· Visit smaller stores and drugstores that carry formula. You may want to call first to see if they have formula in stock.
· Look online for options available but be sure to only order from well-recognized distributors and pharmacies. Don't buy formula online from people you don't know on social media sites, online auctions, or overseas.
· Check the lot code on the formula that you already have to make sure it wasn't recalled. Don't throw away formula that wasn't part of the recall, unless it is expired.
· Be sure to follow the formula manufacturer's preparation and storage instructions.
· Don't use toddler formula to feed infants.
· Don't water down formula or try to make infant formula at home.
· Expectant individuals are encouraged to consult with a provider about breastfeeding their infant. The New York State WIC program also provides breastfeeding support and resources to new families. Families feeding a baby with human milk from a source other than the baby's mother should only use milk from a source that has screened its milk donors and taken other precautions to ensure the safety of its milk.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE - ONLINE!
MARCH 28, 2022
Thank you so very much to our wonderful presenters and to all of the attendees who joined us for the day. .
The mission of New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition (NYSBC) is to promote, protect, and support breastfeedingfor all New Yorkers. The NYSBC is a nonprofit, all-volunteer coalition of member organizations focusing on issues and opportunities that affect breastfeeding.
An integral part of our mission is to develop our annual breastfeeding conference to increase participants’ knowledge and skills to advance breastfeeding equity. We strive to present a balanced inclusive program of new research, evidence-based practices, clinical practice techniques, and best practices from New York’s diverse communities. We select topics and presenters based on the current literature, hot topics, and the recommendations of previous conference participants, colleagues, and members.
Diversity in gender and gender identity has been increasingly recognized for the past 50 years, and it is still evolving. Many organizations, institutions, and individuals are making efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion by prioritizing equity outside of the gender binary and eliminating “sexed-language.” There is no consensus, however, on how to best make changes to language or terminology. We are aware that discussions about gender and sex identities evoke strong feelings, both positive and negative, that may be rooted in culture, religion, personal experience, and bigotry. The use of gender or sexed-base language may differ in one-on-one situations with patients or clients compared to statements about a larger population, which can vary depending on the audience, context or purpose.
March 15, 2022
The New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition
is an advocacy, not-for-profit organization focusing on issues that affect breastfeeding. The NYSBC is an organization made up of lactation consultants, health care providers, regional breastfeeding coalitions and the major statewide maternal and child health organizations.
Statement from the Coalition June 2020:
The New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of George Floyd on his violent and inhumane death. As fellow New Yorkers, and Americans, we acknowledge the anger and despair of the Black community, as well as other communities of color and wish to convey our commitment to solutions that enables families to feel safe from harm, to secure a quality of life that decreases the daily stress from centuries of racial injustice, and promotes the welfare of mothers and children. A healthy mother, baby, and family depends on the solidarity of all people to dismantle systemic racism, the driver of racial inequities that span the spectrum from housing, food, education, employment, health, and all aspects of life that are met with injustice and inequality. To fulfill our mission of promoting, supporting and protecting breastfeeding for all New Yorkers, we commit to joining others in ending racial injustice, racism and anti-Blackness. Breastfeeding is the foundation of health equality.
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