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Niagara County Department of Health Provides Breastfeeding and Baby Changing Station at Niagara County Fair

Author: Jacquelyn Langdon/Monday, July 29, 2019/Categories: Health

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The Niagara County Department of Health is providing a cool, private breastfeeding and baby changing station at the Niagara County Fair again this year. “Providing a cool and quiet space for breastfeeding mothers and babies, as well as an accessible changing area for all parents and children, supports the health and wellbeing of our community,” said Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton.

The breastfeeding station has a temperature-controlled refrigerator for mothers to store breastmilk, a sink for washing hands, power outlets for expressing breastmilk and air conditioning.  A dual changing station is available to all families, separate from the private breastfeeding area. “Mothers are also welcome to nurse their children under the shade of our blue trailer. We are recognizing National Breastfeeding Month with our ongoing initiative to support women with appropriate accommodations to express milk,” said Elise Pignatora, Director of Public Health Planning and Emergency Preparedness.  Ms. Pignatora is also a Certified Lactation Counselor. “We encourage the public to visit the station to learn more about the many benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby,” she added. Volunteers from Opportunities Unlimited will provide education and assistance to those visiting the Breastfeeding and Baby Changing Station.

For the 6th year, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County has donated the space for the Breastfeeding and Baby Changing Station. Fairgoers should look for the easily-recognizable blue trailer, located next to the fairgrounds brick administration building. In the late evening when the station is closed, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County will provide a space in the administration building (fair office) for nursing mothers.

Members of the community will also receive information regarding the many services offered by the Department. “We encourage everyone to visit us at the fair to learn more about how we promote and protect the health and safety of Niagara County residents and visitors,” said Mr. Stapleton.  Over the course of the fair, public health professionals will be available to discuss topics such as lead prevention, rabies prevention, immunizations, chronic disease reduction, breastfeeding support, services for children with functional needs, and public health emergency preparedness.

For more information about the breastfeeding initiative, contact Elise Pignatora MS, CLC at (716) 439-7431. 

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