New Community Lactation Station Opens in Brooklyn, NYC; Hosts ‘Know Your Rights’ Workshops

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New York City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.unveiled his new constituent services office in Bedford-Stuyvestant, Brooklyn which includes a new Community Lactation Station for breastfeeding moms. The constituent services offices, located in Restoration Plaza,  provides help with education, housing, landlord/tenant, and quality of life issues for the residents of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights. And now moms have a local place to nurse their babies while on the go and working moms in the area have an easily accessible pumping location.

 Council Member Cornegy, a father of six school aged children, is a staunch supporter of the Pregnant Worker Protection Act and the New York City Health Department’s Brooklyn Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone (BFEZ) Project, which services Bedford-Stuyvesant. Breastfeeding reduces a mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Breastfeeding also reduces an infant’s risk of ear, respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, and asthma, and promotes maternal bonding and optimal growth and development.
The Brooklyn Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone, funded in part by the WK Kellogg Foundation, is a community-based initiative to support moms in Bedford Stuyvesant and Brownsville who are interested in breastfeeding. This will be done by providing in-home breastfeeding support and counseling to new mothers and providing education and support to new fathers. The Health Department will also work with local businesses and faith- and community-based organizations to establish spaces where women can breastfeed.
As a part of a multifaceted strategy to promote breastfeeding, the Health Department also partners with maternity hospitals and birthing centers, runs a text messaging campaign called Mobile Milk, and offers two home visiting programs, the Newborn Home Visiting Program and Nurse-Family Partnership, to educate and support breastfeeding mothers before and after delivery. It also produces a number of breastfeeding educational materials that are available through 311. For more information, visit nyc.gov/health and search for “breastfeeding.”
In partnership with the Health Department, the new District Office will be hosting a series of Know Your Rights workshops to educate employers, employees and community residents about breastfeeding. Workshops for employees will be held on Wednesday, March 19th and Wednesday, April 9th from 8 to 10 a.m. Workshops for employees and community residents will be held on Wednesday, March 26 and Wednesday, April 23 from noon to 2:00 p.m.
 Going forward, regular hours for the district office will be 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with evening hours each Thursday until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday hours the first weekend of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m..
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