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Niagara County Hosts Spring Western Region Breastfeeding Gathering and Welcomes Interested Professionals to Participate

Author: Jacquelyn Langdon/Monday, February 11, 2019/Categories: Health, Health Events

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The Niagara County Department of Health in partnership with the Tuscarora Community Health Workers Program is hosting a Spring Western Region Breastfeeding Gathering on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 8:30AM – 2:30PM at the Tuscarora Nation House located at 5226 Walmore Road, Lewiston, NY 14092. “This gathering is a unique collaborative opportunity to expand the knowledge of local professionals and create a breastfeeding friendly community network of support for women and children,” stated Public Health Director, Daniel J. Stapleton.

The event includes many topics relevant to removing barriers to optimal health and supporting the initiation and longevity of breastfeeding. The Child Advocacy Center, Roswell Park, Tuscarora Nation Community Health Workers Program and Jenny Thomas, Pediatrician and Breastfeeding Medicine Specialist, will present at the upcoming gathering. “We are excited to offer topics including safe sleep, breast cancer risk reduction, lactation support in the pediatric office setting, positive parenting, and more,” stated Elise Pignatora, Director of Public Health Planning and Emergency Preparedness and Certified Lactation Counselor for the Niagara County Department of Health.  The event is an important networking and learning opportunity to local professionals. Breastfeeding has proven health benefits for both the mother and the baby. It decreases the rate of infections, risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), necrotizing enterocolitis, and chronic diseases (including asthma, diabetes and obesity). Among women, breastfeeding reduces postpartum bleeding and lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancers, and type 2 diabetes. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from the Tuscarora Nation about Traditional Haudenosaunee Child Rearing Practices and Positive Indian Parenting.  “We are bringing traditional practices back to the forefront of parenting”, stated Tracey Printup, Tuscarora Community Health Workers Program Director.

All clinical and community providers play a crucial role in encouraging women to exclusively breastfeed. Employers, childcare staff, and healthcare providers (obstetricians, family physicians and pediatricians) all have a key role in providing positive breastfeeding messages and improving breastfeeding support services. The following free Continuing Education Recognition Points has been allocated by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners for this event: 4.5 L-CERPS and 1.5 R-CERPS. Interested professionals are encouraged to register for the gathering at

If you have questions regarding the Spring Western Region Breastfeeding Gathering, please call Elise Pignatora, Director of Public Health Planning and Emergency Preparedness at (716) 439-7431 or Tracey Printup, Tuscarora Community Health Workers Program Director at (716) 297-0598.  Please see attached flyer.


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