Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding, and Lactation Friendly New York (BFFNY), 2023-2028

BFFNY establishes and supports communities as places where it is easier to start and continue breast/chestfeeding. Grantees work within priority communities, engage a variety of partners and decision-makers, and develop and execute a comprehensive implementation plan in local catchment areas including cities, towns, reservations, and neighborhoods to achieve continuity of care for breastfeeding families. The Department of Health (DOH) has defined five regions (Western, Central, Capital, Metropolitan Area, and New York City) and identified eligible communities in these regions that are racially and ethnically diverse communities within high-need areas as defined by the Area Deprivation Index (Neighborhood Atlas -, which uses 17 indicators for education, employment, housing quality, and poverty.

Grant goals include:

  • Supporting breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and lactation in health care practices, worksites, and public places through policy and environmental changes.
  • Developing breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and lactation support groups and coalitions.
  • Implementing communication activities.

Awardees receive $197,502 per contract, per year for five years, beginning July 1, 2023.

View the DOH Press Release (April 21, 2023).

Map of Selected Communities

Find the selected communities (shaded in purple) for the BFFNY program in the map below. Use the search bar in the upper right hand corner of the map to see if an address is located within a selected community.

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BFFNY Awards by Region
Region Grantee County Selected Communities
Capital Clinton County Health Department Clinton, Essex, Franklin Altona town, Au Sable town, Bangor town, Bellmont town, Black Brook town, Bombay town, Brandon town, Brighton town, Burke town, Champlain town, Chateaugay town, Chazy town, Chesterfield town, Clinton town, Constable town, Crown Point town, Dannemora town, Dickinson town, Elizabethtown town, Ellenburg town, Fort Covington town, Lewis town, Malone town, Moira town, Mooers town, Moriah town, Plattsburgh city, Plattsburgh town, Saranac town, St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, Tupper Lake town, Waverly town, Westport town, Westville town, Willsboro town
Capital St. Peter's Health Partners Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady Albany city, Cohoes city, Mechanicville city, Petersburgh town, Rensselaer city, Schenectady city, Troy city, Watervliet city
Central Onondaga County Health Department Onondaga Onondaga Nation Reservation, Syracuse city, Van Buren town
Central Oswego County Opportunities Inc. Cayuga, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Albion town, Alexandria town, Amboy town, Antwerp town, Auburn city, Boylston town, Brasher town, Brutus town, Canton town, Cato town, Clifton town, Colton town, Conquest town, Constantia town, De Kalb town, De Peyster town, Diana town, Edwards town, Ellisburg town, Fine town, Fowler town, Fulton city, Genoa town, Gouverneur town, Granby town, Greig town, Hammond town, Hannibal town, Harrisburg town, Hastings town, Hermon town, Hopkinton town, Ira town, Lawrence town, Le Ray town, Lewis town, Leyden town, Lisbon town, Locke town, Lorraine town, Louisville town, Lyonsdale town, Macomb town, Madrid town, Martinsburg town, Massena town, Mentz town, Montezuma town, Moravia town, Morristown town, New Haven town, Norfolk town, Ogdensburg city, Orwell town, Osceola town, Oswegatchie town, Oswego city, Palermo town, Parish town, Parishville town, Pierrepont town, Pitcairn town, Redfield town, Rossie town, Russell town, Sandy Creek town, Sempronius town, Sterling town, Stockholm town, Summerhill town, Theresa town, Turin town, Venice town, Victory town, Volney town, Watertown city, Watson town, West Monroe town, West Turin town, Williamstown town, Wilna town
Metro Area Orange County Health Department Orange Deerpark town, Highlands town, Middletown city, Mount Hope town, New Windsor town, Newburgh city, Port Jervis city, Wallkill town
Metro Area BFREE at Long Island Jewish Medical Center Nassau, Suffolk Babylon town, Glen Cove city, Hempstead town, Islip town, Shinnecock Reservation, Southampton town
NYC The Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Brooklyn, Queens Auburndale, College Point, Corona, Cypress Hills-City Line, East Elmhurst, East Flushing, East New York, East New York (Pennsylvania Ave), Elmhurst, Flushing, Hollis, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, North Corona, Ozone Park, Queensboro Hill, Richmond Hill, South Jamaica, South Ozone Park, St. Albans, Starrett City, Woodhaven
Western United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Erie Brant town, Buffalo city, Cheektowaga town, Collins town, Concord town, Lackawanna city, Tonawanda city
Western University of Rochester – Public Health Sciences Monroe Gates town, Rochester city