On Thursday April 14th, 2016, the Sullivan County Breastfeeding Coalition held their first ever Awards Night & Film Screening at the beautiful Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The event was attended by nearly sixty health and human service providers and several breastfeeding moms with their babies. The evening was a celebration of recent data showing Sullivan WIC to be in the top 10% of NYS WIC programs for breastfeeding initiation and duration. The evening also featured the screening of a documentary titled, “The Milky Way” which explores how formula became so prevalent in the US and how other countries support breastfeeding mothers. The film got many thinking about additional changes that need to happen in our country and right here in Sullivan.
The Coalition was incredibly proud to raise up local doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers who have been outstanding advocates and sources of support for breastfeeding moms in Sullivan. Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther once again showed her support for the breastfeeding community by providing certificates to individuals and organizations who are helping to make breastfeeding the norm in Sullivan County.
Receiving the most prominent award for the night was Catskill Regional Medical Center Labor & Delivery RN & CLC, Lacie Halloran. Lacie has been an advocate for breastfeeding for several years and works tirelessly with her patients and the Coalition to increase breastfeeding rates by improving hospital practices and encouraging attendance at the CRMC breastfeeding support group. The support group meets every other Thursday at 10am at the hospital and is led by Stephanie Sosnowski of MISN, who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and has been a powerhouse of breastfeeding advocacy in Sullivan for many years.
To find out more about the work of the Sullivan County Breastfeeding Coalition or to join the effort, call Amanda Langseder at WIC; 845-513-2240 or visit the Coalition Facebook page!
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