Maternity Practices for Breastfeeding Success


New York State Department of Health 


See Breastfeeding Promotion, Protection and Support information and resources at:


New York State requires all hospitals to have a breastfeeding policy.  he New York State Model Hospital Breastfeeding Policy, October 2016, and Implementation Guide are located under For Health Care Providers, Improve Hospital Breastfeeding Policies and Practices at the above link. 


Learn more about the hospitals in your area at  Click on the county and find your hospital. You will find maternity information under services. You will find the percentage of such procedures/services as vaginal births and C-sections and breastfeeding rates.


Do you have a complaint about your care? 

To file a complaint about a hospital, call 1-800-804-5447 or fill out a form here:


Do you have a compliant about your Medicaid Managed Care Plan?

Medicaid Managed Care provider and consumer/patient complaints should be directed to the Bureau of Consumer Services complaint line for logging and investigation. The Bureau of Consumer Services can be reached by email at or by phone at 1-800-206-8125.


NYS Medicaid Provides Reimbursement for Lactation Services and Breast Pumps


NYS Medicaid will provide reimbursement for lactation counseling services provided by a qualified lactation care provider.  The qualified lactation care provider is a person who possesses current certification as a lactation care provider from a certification program accredited by a nationally-recognized acrediting agency, based on amended legislation December 2019.


Medicaid requires that breast pumps meet minimum specifications to be reimbursable through the NYS Medicaid program.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


The CDC conducts a national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC).  The survey measures infant feeding related policies and practices showing facilities their strengths and areas that need improvement.  The survey results can be found on this link:


The Breastfeeding Report Card is an annual report providing perspectives on state and national trends in breastfeeding.  The report is broken down into Outcome Indicators and Process Indicators.  The report card can be found on this link:


Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, USA


Breastfeeding friendly hospitals have the Baby Friendly designation. They comply with the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as outlined by UNICEF/WHO.  To learn more about Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and the Ten Steps, visit their website at:


To find Baby-Friendly facilities in New York State, see


New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has many services that support breastfeeding for mothers and families living within the metropolitian area.  Read more about their services and resources on: and For providers.


The New York City's Health and Hospitals Corporation has banned the discharge bags since 2007 and private hospitals are making similar committments.  Their most recent effort is "Latch on NYC".  This campaign will support mothers and limit the promotion of formula.  Ads will appear in subways and posters in hospitals. 


Learn more at:


The New York State WIC Program


The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, WIC Program, in the Division of Nutrition promotes and supports breastfeeding among its participants, through services provided by Breastfeeding Coordinators and Peer Counselors working in local agencies.





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