2015 News Releases

Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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October 29, 2015        Print version

Dutchess County Breastfeeding Support & Education Center Opens at the Family Partnership Center
Grand Opening Friday, November 6th

Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Department of Health proudly announces its Breastfeeding Support & Education Center at the Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton St., Suite 109, in the City of Poughkeepsie, will open its doors on Friday, November 6th at 10 a.m. to begin offering information and training to mothers and mothers-to-be.

The Dutchess County Breastfeeding Support & Education Center’s Walk-In Clinic will be open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Center will be able to offer individuals breastfeeding assistance and education on a “walk-in” basis with three certified lactation counselors and one International Board Certified Lactation Consultation professional available.  Additionally appointments and breastfeeding support and education services are available by phone, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling (845) 486-3419.

“We are pleased to offer residents lactation education before delivery and support after delivery,” said Kari Reiber, MD, Commissioner of Health.  “Since breastfeeding is the best feeding option for newborns, as well as one of the best methods towards the prevention of chronic disease, we want to offer new and expecting mothers and their families the opportunity to learn the benefits and ease of breastfeeding.”

Dr. Reiber said new mothers especially feel empowered to advocate to nurse their newborns when they have received lactation education before delivery.  With the new program, they will also have a place to turn when they need assistance with breastfeeding, such as when a family experiences the challenges of bringing home a newborn.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mothers indicated the support and education from healthcare providers is the most important intervention the healthcare system can offer to help them breastfeed,” said Carol Wanyo, Acting Director of Public Health Nursing.  “The Center will now be able to offer lactation support and education services on a walk-in basis to all women and their families.”

For more information, contact the Department at (845) 486-3419 or email Healthinfo@dutchessny.gov .






A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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