For Health Care Providers

Become a Breastfeeding Friendly Practice

Health care providers play an integral role in promoting and supporting a woman's decision to breastfeed. This promotion and support begins during preconception care and continues through prenatal, postpartum and ongoing care of the woman, the infant, and her family. Providers are vital sources of expertise to communicate the advantages of breastfeeding and the risks of not breastfeeding, help promote exclusivity and enable long-term breastfeeding success based on the mother's intentions. Becoming designated as a Breastfeeding Friendly Practice indicates dedication to improving and establishing optimal maternity and newborn care in support of breastfeeding. This designation provides opportunities to promote the quality of your services to your community.

New York State Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation Materials

Improve Hospital Breastfeeding Policies and Practices

Learn about NYS Breastfeeding Initiatives

Find Educational Opportunities

  • Supporting and Promoting Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding and Lactation in Health Care Settings: This four-part webinar series is developed and produced by the NYS Department of Health and the School of Public Health, University at Albany (UAlbany). These on-demand webinars are designed to increase knowledge and skills, and provide recommended strategies for physicians and other health care providers to support women to successfully breastfeed. The Department worked with UAlbany in 2021-2022 to update and revise this webinar series. Continuing education credits are available.
  • Wellstart International: The Wellstart's Lactation Management Self-Study Modules, Level 1 is an educational tool that is downloadable without charge.