Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

July 30, 2018
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
               Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


NEW CITY, NY - - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announced that Rockland County is celebrating Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August and World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7 with many planned events. This year's theme is "Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life."

The American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for about six months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for one year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant. It provides essential nutrients and antibodies that boost an infant's immune system, providing protection from childhood illnesses. Babies who are not breastfed are more likely to develop common childhood illnesses like ear infections and diarrhea as well as chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, asthma, and childhood obesity.

"Breastfeeding helps children get off to a healthy start. It's the foundation of life. Breastfeeding Awareness Month and World Breastfeeding Week are a perfect time to join in on activities that promote, protect, and support breastfeeding," said Dr. Ruppert.

Here is a list of some special events that will take place during Breastfeeding Awareness Month and World Breastfeeding Week:

  • August 4: The Prenatal Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital is hosting an event for the Global Big Latch-On August 4, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, at 258 High Avenue in Nyack. Global Big Latch-On events take place at registered locations around the world, where people gather together to breastfeed and offer support to each other. Their friends, family and community join this celebration to promote and support breastfeeding. Participants are asked to register ahead of time at and arrive 30 minutes for check-in before the start of the event. For more information, please call 845-348-7505 or visit
  • August 5: The Spring Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church, in collaboration with Rockland County Department of Health, March of Dimes, Montefiore Nyack Hospital and Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network, is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week by hosting a Community Baby Shower and Wellness Event for pregnant women and new mothers on August 5, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm, at the Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center, located at 110 Bethune Boulevard in Spring Valley. The event will include discussion on topics such as breastfeeding, infant safety, and more, as well as refreshments and free baby gifts. Register by August 3rd by e-mailing or calling 845-352-4806.
  • August 7: The Rockland County Department of Health and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) are celebrating the first anniversary of the Spring Valley Baby Café, located at 14 South Main Street, on August 7 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. This event will offer free refreshments, photos, certificates, and more. This Baby Café is the first café in Rockland. Baby Cafés are free walk-in sites where pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and their families can get free one-on-one support from trained lactation (breastfeeding) specialists. Café visitors also have a chance to share their experiences with others in a group setting. The grand opening of the next Baby Café in Rockland, located at the Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center in Spring Valley, will be on August 30, during Black Breastfeeding Week. For more information call (845) 364-3786 or email
  • During Breastfeeding Awareness Month: Good Samaritan and Montefiore Nyack Hospitals will be honored for becoming breastfeeding friendly worksites. Recognized worksites are required to create a written breastfeeding friendly office policy and environmental changes, and support employees while they continue to breastfeed and return to work. Worksites that achieve the required steps are recognized by the Rockland County Department of Health Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program with a plaque and certificate of recognition, and are listed on the Health Department's Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program webpage at

Interested in becoming a breastfeeding friendly worksite, child care center/home, or pediatric or obstetric practice? Interested in joining the Rockland County Breastfeeding Coalition? Call the Health Department's Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program at (845) 364-3786, email, or visit For more information about World Breastfeeding Week visit