Maternity Practices for Breastfeeding Success



Breastfeeding Training for the Clinician:


Center for Health Equity, Education & Research, CHEER

Successful breastfeeding is a job for more than just the mother. CHEER offers training for healthcare professionals on ways to support mothers in making educated decisions for their infants and themselves. Trainings include: Online Lactation Counselor Training, 15 hour courses in Breastfeeding Management, Baby Friendly courses and more. Visit the Cheer site for more information.


Community Health Training Institute

Expanding Clinicians' roles in breastfeeding support with breastfeeding modules offering CMEs. The tutorials provide breastfeeding education aligned with the content expected for physicians providing care in Baby Freindly Hospitals. Visit the Community Health Training Institute for more information. 



NYS Department of Health 


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


New York State requires all hospitals to have a breastfeeding policy. The 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 NYS 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.





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.



Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, USA


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


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

U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC)


New York Breastfeeding Report Card, 2023  This report describes how breastfeeding rates in the New York  and other measures compare to national levels, lists the coalitions serving communities in the state, and highlights state and community-based lactation projects made possible through federal funding in 2021 and 2022.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


2022 Breastfeeding Report Card Released:


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity released the "Breastfeeding Report Card United States, 2022." The Breastfeeding Report Card provides a compilation of data on breastfeeding practices and supports in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year's Breastfeeding Report Card highlights data from CDC's 2018 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey. The mPINC survey assesses hospital practices and policies that affect newborn feeding, feeding education and support, staff skills, and discharge support. The report also includes data from the National Immunization Survey, which provides information about breastfeeding rates at both national and state levels by birth year. The 2020 Breastfeeding Report Card shows that among infants born in 2017, 84.1% initiated breastfeeding, a slight increase from 2016, and, of note, the percentage of infants supplemented with formula before 2 days of age increased by 16.9% to 19.2%.



Relactation Resources: The CDC has published a webpage titled "Supporting Families with Relactation." Relactation is the process by which a parent reestablishes lactation after having stopped for some time (weeks or months). This webpage includes information on the process of relactation, timelines for relactation, and reasons a parent may want to relactate. 


Office on Women's Health: Guide to Breastfeeding is Updated 2020


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health published an updated version of the "Your Guide to Breastfeeding" resource. The guide raises awareness of the importance of breastfeeding to help mothers give their babies the best start possible in life. The resource includes information for breastfeeding parents on how to breastfeed, where to find breastfeeding support, common questions, and more.


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NYS Breastfeeding Coalition

PO Box 61

Delmar, NY 12054



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