Through discussions and a community needs survey, we have decided to focus on the following areas:
- Training new Mother-to-Mother support group leaders to establish greater community support.
- Since 2011 we have provided a Rock-and-Rest tent at the Ulster County Fair for parents and their children to get out of the sun, change diapers, and feed their babies.
- Every year, we subsidize the cost of the Certified Lactation Counselor training course through Healthy Children for 4 local women. We plan to continue to provide scholarships each year to train new Lactation Counselors!
- Providing education for pregnant women and their partners, particularly teens, to increase breastfeeding initiation.
Other potential projects that we have identified include creating and identifying safe spaces in the community for breastfeeding and offer fun fundraising events. We will continually be in the process of evaluating the community and the county’s needs, and will adjust programming as is needed.