Rensselaer County
Breastfeeding Coalition

 

Approximately one-fifth of United States children are obese. By breastfeeding infants the risk of obesity later in life is reduced[1]. In 2014, Rensselaer County’s obesity rate for children was 15.6% which was higher than New York State (14%), Albany County (14.6%) and Schenectady County (15%)[2]. Our goal is to make Rensselaer County a healthier place to live, driving the need for a Breastfeeding Coalition in our community. Our mission of the breastfeeding coalition to increase breastfeeding rates, exclusivity and duration for mothers and children in New York State.  Making breastfeeding the norm will increase positive health outcomes for both mothers and infants.

[1]https://www.health.ny.gov/community/pregnancy/breastfeeding/

[2]https://health.data.ny.gov/Health/Expanded-Behavioral-Risk-Factor-Surveillance-Surve/jsy7-eb4n

We encourage everyone to participate in our committee to provide a diverse array of opinions and ideas.

Why Breastfeeding Is Important for Our Community?

The advantages of breastfeeding effect employers, mothers and babies.  Employers who support breastfeeding have employees who work more often because their children are healthier, low turnover rate and lower medical insurance claims for businesses. Breastfeeding mothers have a lower the risk of ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and certain types of breast cancer. Breastfeeding babies have a lower risk of obesity, ear infections, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and type 2 diabetes1.

Plan of Action

Rensselaer County plans to achieve the goal of promoting breastfeeding friendly communities in Rensselaer County by increasing the knowledge of residents and business owners, expanding the number of breastfeeding worksites that accommodate breastfeeding employees, and continue to revise breastfeeding policies for worksites.

We will be holding quarterly meetings for approximately 1 hour.