July 30, 2018 Healthy Living

Celebrating the Power of Breastfeeding to Impact Health and Wealth

The importance of breastfeeding is celebrated around the globe every year from August 1-7. Led by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), the annual World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) campaign aims to inform, anchor, engage, and galvanize action to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.This year’s theme, Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life, draws attention to breastfeeding and its contributions to good nutrition, food security, and poverty reduction for people all over the world. In the United States, health professionals and organizations tend to emphasize the health benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby. But that’s not the only reason it’s important. The WBW theme is a powerful reminder of the important role breastfeeding plays in global health, and in shaping economic and environmental forces that can create a more sustainable and equal world.

CDPHP recently highlighted the challenge of hunger and food insecurity in the Capital Region and throughout New York, especially among children. Unfortunately, the problem of food insecurity exists throughout the world, and disproportionately impacts countries affected by conflict.

As a free, renewable source of optimal nutrition, breastfeeding can provide food security to infants, and contribute to food security for the whole family, helping to bring families out of poverty. For people facing emergencies such as natural disasters and humanitarian crises, access to safe food and water is of utmost concern. Breastmilk is a safe, reliable food source for infants, even in times of crisis. For this reason, the WBW campaign states, “Breastfeeding is a universal solution that levels the playing field, giving everyone a fair start in life. It improves the health, wellbeing and survival of women and children around the world.” Learn more about WBW and follow #WBW2018 throughout the week.

I have the privilege of representing CDPHP at local breastfeeding coalitions in the Capital Region to help advance community efforts to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in our area. It is energizing and uplifting to see so many different organizations committed to supporting breastfeeding. By working together, we can continue to make our communities more breastfeeding-friendly! Whether as a community member or an organization representative, consider getting involved with one of the many breastfeeding coalitions and networks in New York State, like the Rensselaer County Breastfeeding Coalition.

World Breastfeeding Week Events in Our Area

Feel like celebrating or connecting with other breastfeeding moms and families in your community this week? See what’s happening this August 1-7 in our area:


Date, Time Event Name Location
Wednesday, August 1

12 – 2 p.m.

(Baby Café also open every Wednesday at this time)

Troy Baby Café

Peer and professional support available

CEO Community Resource Center

2328 5th Ave.


Wednesday, August 1

6 – 8 p.m.

Nathan Littauer Hospital celebrates WBW Nathan Littauer Hospital

99 E. State St.


Thursday, August 2

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Pop-up Baby Café Schenectady County Downtown Farmers Market

105 Jay Street


Thursday, August 2

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Whitney Young Health WIC’s Baby Shower and Fun Walk Albany Health Centers

920 Lark Drive


Look for CDPHP!

Friday, August 3

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Schenectady County WIC Big Latch On Event 650 Franklin St.

Suite 200


Friday, August 3

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Bellevue Woman’s Center Big Latch On Event Bellevue Woman’s Center

2210 Troy Schenectady Rd.


Friday, August 3

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Warren County WIC & Public Health Services Big Latch On Event City Park Gazebo

Glens Falls

Look for CDPHP!

Friday, August 3

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


St. Peter’s Hospital Breastfeeding Education Display 315 S. Manning Blvd.


Friday, August 3

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Community Baby Shower CEO Community Resource

2328 5th Avenue


Saturday, August 4

Times vary

The Global Big Latch On Events


Schenectady, Glens Falls, Clifton Park, Saratoga Springs and more! Visit biglatchon.org and search for an event near you


Sunday, August 5

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Breastfeeding Education & Outreach at the Schenectady Greenmarket Schenectady Greenmarket

(look for the lactation tent)

105 Jay Street


Look for CDPHP!

Monday, August 6

3:30 p.m.

St. Peter’s Hospital Facebook Live
Tuesday, August 7

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

(Baby Café also open every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at this time)

Schenectady Baby Café

Event theme: Breastfeeding Beyond a Year

Peer and professional support available

Phyllis Bornt Branch Library

948 State Street

Schenectady, NY  12307

Tuesday, August 7

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

La Leche League Live, Love and Latch Event Schodack Town Park

479 Poyneer Road

Nassau, NY  12123

Tuesday, August 7

5 – 8 p.m.

National Night Out

Albany Medical Center’s WIC office will host a Breastfeeding Bungalow

Lincoln Park

228 Eagle Street

Albany, NY  12202

Look for CDPHP!

Tuesday, August 7

6 – 9 p.m.

Free Breastfeeding class

Register by calling (518) 525-1388

St. Peter’s Hospital

315 S. Manning Blvd.


Sunday, August 26

2:30 p.m.

Capital Region Black Breastfeeding Summit Black Box Theater at Proctors

432 State Street


Note, dates and times may be subject to change.

Successful breastfeeding takes support and preparation, and CDPHP is here to help. CDPHP covers breast pumps, breastfeeding classes, and breastfeeding assistance with a lactation consultant. To learn more, check out an earlier blog post on breastfeeding benefits with your health plan or refer to the CDPHP maternity benefits guide.

Katie Potestio
About Author

Katie joined CDPHP in 2016 as a population health and wellness specialist in the population health and wellness department. In her role, she works on a portfolio of projects related to maternal and preventive health, nutrition, and worksite wellness, with the goal to improve health outcomes and create environments that support healthy living. Prior to CDPHP, Katie supported state public health department chronic disease prevention efforts with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Haverford College outside Philadelphia and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington in Seattle. Katie is a registered dietitian, mother of two children, and an outdoor enthusiast.

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