Rensselaer County
Breastfeeding Coalition


Our mission is to increase breastfeeding rates, exclusivity and duration for mothers and children in Rensselaer County and New York State. To support breastfeeding in our community we aim to decrease barriers for mothers, increase the knowledge and acceptance of residents and business owners, and expand the number of worksites with policies and accommodations for breastfeeding employees.

 Everyone is welcome! We would like a diverse array of backgrounds and opinions represented. Our current members include lactation consultants, representatives of WIC, St. Peters Health Partners, NYS Department of Health, Cornell Cooperative Extension and local prenatal educators.

Breastfeeding in Rensselaer County

Breastfeeding is considered to be the ideal source of nutrition for infants. Breastfed infants are less likely to contract diseases and infections, such as diabetes, asthma, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), childhood obesity and allergies[1].

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months [2]. The Healthy People 2020 target is for 25.5% of infants to be exclusively breastfed at 6 months [3]and the 2019-2025 New York State Prevention Agenda has set a goal to increase the rate of WIC participants exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months to 45.5% [4].

According to the CDC, 23.2% of infants in New York State are exclusively breastfed through their first 6 months of life[5] In Rensselaer County, 19.1% of mothers receiving WIC are exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months. [6]




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Local Breastfeeding Support: SPHP Baby Cafés

Baby Cafés are a private space where pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and their supporters can come to receive free one-on-one breastfeeding assistance from certified lactation specialists and peer counselors. Baby Cafés offer support on all aspects of breastfeeding – from prenatal to weaning, as well as assistance with pumping and maintaining supply if moms return to work outside the home

No appointment is needed

The Cafés offer a play area for accompanying siblings.

Learn more about what to expect when visiting a Baby Café and what moms say about Baby Café


Leandra Kneeland
Public Health Planner
Rensselaer County Department of Health
Phone: 518-270-2669
Email: Leandra Kneeland

Upcoming Coalition Meetings

All meetings are held on Thursdays from 10am-11am in the 2nd floor Conference Room at the Ned Pattison Government Center located at 1600 Seventh Avenue Troy, NY

  • September 26, 2019
  • December 19, 2019

Baby Café® Locations

Rensselaer County Baby Cafés

SPHP Baby Café – Troy

Wednesdays from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM at
CEO, 2328 Fifth Avenue, Troy New York, 12180

Albany County Baby Cafés

SPHP Baby Café – Albany

Tuesdays 10:00AM-12:00 PM at
The Baby Institute
301 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY

Schenectady County Baby Cafés

SPHP – Bornt Branch Site

1st and 3rd Tuesday from 11:00AM-1:00PM at
Phyllis Bornt Branch Library and Literacy Center,
948 State Street, Schenectady, NY, 12307

SPHP – Mont Pleasant Branch Site

1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 11:00AM-1:00PM at
Mont Pleasant Library Branch,
1036 Crane Street, Schenectady, NY, 12303

Mamava Locations

State Legislation for Breastfeeding Friendly Communities

Federal Legislation for Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Support Calendar

 Additional Resources