Concerned by the shortage of professional breastfeeding support for new moms in Sullivan County, and courtesy of a generous grant from former New York State Senator John Bonacic in 2019, Sullivan 180 has been pleased to help to increase the level of local breastfeeding support.
In consultation with the Sullivan County Breastfeeding Coalition, Sullivan 180 has provided full scholarships to attend Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) training for a number of local health professionals and paraprofessionals who work with new mothers and newborns. With an increased number of CLCs in the county, more women will have immediate breastfeeding support in the very sensitive newborn period. Breastmilk is nature’s ideal food for infants, supplying them with the perfect combination of nutrients and immune system support. Breastfeeding has significant and long lasting health benefits for the new mother as well, including a preventive effect against certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases later in life.