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The Newsletter for SUNY Downstate
University Hospital of Brooklyn

Promoting Breastfeeding & Lactation Resources


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Downstate's Breastfeeding Committee meeting


Downstate's Breastfeeding Committee recently held a contest to develop a slogan as part of a campaign to educate staff and patients on breast-feeding resources at Downstate. Staff from NS 31, NS 32, NS 35 and Suite G submitted entries.

The "winner" actually came from two people, explains Denise Lewis, RN, IBCLC, breastfeeding coordinator for Women and Children's Services. Slogans from Leone Waltrous, MD, and Deborah Perine, RN, were combined into one catchy phrase: "Naturally the Best: Breast Beats Bottle."

The Breastfeeding committee, which meets bi-monthly on Wednesdays, includes Ms. Lewis; Elizabeth Igboechi; Lois Lynch; Juliette Lowe; Sarah Marshall; Tao Liu; Dr. Waltrous; Althea Clement; Stephanie Store; Yvonne D'Andrade; Adina Lerer; and Stephanie Geronimo. Downstate offers a number of programs to promote and provide education on breastfeeding, as well as campus facilities for staff and visitors who wish to breastfeed while they are on campus.


The winning slogan

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Lactation Resources

Downstate offers a number of programs to promote and provide education on breastfeeding, as well as campus facilities for staff and visitors who wish to breastfeed while they are on campus.

These include:

  • A weekly Breastfeeding Support Group for mothers and babies meets on Mondays, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Suite D Conference Room, except on holidays. Any mother who has concerns about breastfeeding may attend with her infant. Call 718-270-2116 or 2088 for information.
  • Daily one-on-one teaching in Suite G.
  • Prenatal Education Group Teaching is held on Fridays in Suite "G" from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Offered only to prenatal and postpartum patients of Downstate. Participants have the opportunity to discuss personal or health-related concerns, with one hour devoted to breastfeeding education.
  • Informational sessions for new moms being discharged (held on NS 32, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays).
  • A "Baby and Me" group for mothers with new babies meets once a week for 5 weeks on Tuesdays, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Registration is required: call 718-270-1636. Held at 394 Lenox Road in the Student Center.)
  • "Expecting Family Education Classes" classes are held on 4 consecutive Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Registration is required. Call 718-270-8846, or 718-270- 8245. Held at 395 Lenox Road in the Health Sciences Building, Classroom B.
  • A DVD, "123 Latch and How to Hand Express Breast Milk" has been added to closed circuit TV channel 31.

Visitors and staff can access the following resources:

  • If a breastfeeding woman is visiting the emergency room or outpatient clinic and would like privacy to breastfeed, or to hand express or pump her breast, space will be provided in the ED or in suites B, D, or G.
  • A Lactation Room for employees is located on the 3rd floor in room A3-469 (opposite the scrub exchange cubicle). It is mainly used for employees who need a place to hand express or pump their breast milk. This service is available to all employees. Any patient or visitor who prefers privacy for breastfeeding can also use the lactation room. To access use of the room, contact the staff on NS 32 to gain entry.

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