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Albany County Cares About Healthy Mothers & Children

January 30, 2019

Two New Lactation Rooms Announced in Albany County

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced two new, state-of-the-art lactation rooms for breast- and bottle-feeding mothers and their children in Albany County, thanks in part to funding from St. Peter’s Health Partners.

The comfortably furnished rooms at Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center and ShopRite of Albany offer a more private space to breast or bottle-feed their children or express breastmilk. In New York State, women can breastfeed in any public place. The availability of lactation rooms in public places and community hubs like these ensures mothers will have a private, secure and user-friendly environment to do so. Outfitted with a rug, comfortable chairs, soft lighting, colorful walls and artwork, and a white noise machine to drown out ambient sounds, these lactation rooms will serve many parents and their children well.

“Albany County is pleased to offer designated lactation rooms where parents can breast or bottle-feed their children,” said McCoy. “The many people that visit ShopRite and Whitney Young on a daily basis will surely make excellent use of these new resources in our community. Albany County is committed to meeting the needs of parents where they work, shop, and seek services.”

“Breastfeeding mothers deserve safe, secure and comfortable places to pump and nurse their children,” said Dr. Elizabeth F. Whalen, Commissioner of Health. “Supporting breastfeeding mothers is part of our commitment to improving the health of Albany County residents. We know there are many health benefits associated with breastfeeding for mothers and their children.”

"Long-term studies of breastfeeding show it contributes to a lifetime of good health for babies, particularly when it comes to obesity prevention," said Erin Sinisgalli, director of St. Peter’s Health Partners Community Health Programs. "Breastfeeding helps to promote healthier weights not just in childhood, but all the way through adulthood. It also provides many positive health benefits for moms, including a lowered risk for breast and ovarian cancer."

“We are proud to partner with the Albany County Department of Health to bring the new parents’ room to ShopRite of Albany,” said Brett Wing, president of ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. “We are always looking for ways to best serve our customers and enhance the shopping experience. The new space allows us to better serve the health and wellness needs of local shoppers and their families by giving parents a comfortable and quiet space to nurse and feed their children."

ShopRite of Albany donated the space for the parents’ room and the Albany County Department of Health decorated and prepared it for families and parents. The parents’ room is located near the store pharmacy, and the hours will reflect the hours of the pharmacy.

“Whitney Young Health’s innovative WIC program plays a vital role in providing nutrition education and breastfeeding guidance to women, children and infants in our community”, said WIC Program Manager Katie Palmer. “We are honored to partner with the Albany County Department of Health on our new breastfeeding lounge that will serve this growing population, and we thank them for the grant that made it possible. Together, we are making an impact on the wellness of young families in Albany County.”

Albany County would like to thank St. Peter’s Health Partners and the New York State Department of Health for the opportunity to provide lactation rooms to our communities. The County is thrilled to partner with such dedicated organizations as Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center and ShopRite Supermarkets.

The Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center is located at 920 Lark Drive, Albany, NY 12207.

ShopRite of Albany is located at 709 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy