For Pregnant Women, Breastfeeding Mothers and Families

Learn More about WIC Breastfeeding Promotion and Support

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.

Choose a Breastfeeding Friendly Provider Practice

Pediatric, family medicine, and obstetric practices in NYS have the opportunity to pursue the Breastfeeding Friendly Practice designation through the NYS Department of Health. Designated practices are required to implement the New York State Ten Steps to a Breastfeeding Friendly Practice and create a written breastfeeding office policy. Designated practices are required to create a breastfeeding friendly office, encourage breastfeeding, and support mothers while they breastfeed.

Where can I find breastfeeding friendly practices?

Choose a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Center or Home

The New York State Department of Health encourages new mothers to breastfeed their infants. The Department's Child and Adult Care Food Program encourages child care centers and family day care homes to support breastfeeding families and recognizes these providers with Breastfeeding Friendly certificates.

Where can I find breastfeeding friendly child care (by county)?

Choose a Hospital that Supports Breastfeeding

Hospitals play an important role in supporting a mother's choice to breastfeed.

Compare Breastfeeding Rates by Hospital

  • Since 2009, hospitals publically report their infant feeding information, including infants fed any breast milk, infants fed only breast milk (exclusive), and breastfed infants supplemented with formula. Click on the links below to see infant feeding information at hospitals in your areas. Click below to see infant feeding information at hospitals in your area.

Find Additional Community Resources

Where can I find a Baby Café?

Locations vary from church halls, community rooms and soup kitchens to WIC clinics and hospitals.