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Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding and Lactation Friendly Erie County

Program Overview

New parents are faced with many decisions. Deciding how to feed their child is one that requires support. Breastfeeding/chestfeeding has many benefits for both the parent and child. Breastfeeding/chestfeeding parents and their children have a reduced risk of illness, chronic diseases and certain cancers. 

Promoting breastfeeding/chestfeeding is a high priority strategy adopted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to improve parental and child health. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend that children be exclusively fed human milk for the first 6 months. At 6 months, parents are encouraged to introduce solid foods and continue to feed human milk until the child is at least 2 years old. In 2023, NYS Department of Labor expanded employer obligations that allow employees breaks (each time they have a reasonable need) to express milk in the workplace until their child is 3 years old.

Erie County Department of Health recognizes that parents face a number of challenges to breastfeeding/chestfeeding. Determining whether or not to return to work or choosing to stop feeding human milk due to the difficulty of expressing milk while away from home should not be one of those challenges.

Erie County aims to work with hospitals, doctor’s offices, businesses, and community organizations to support parents in their goal to feed their children human milk for as long as possible. By meeting the Erie County Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding and Lactation Friendly Worksite designation requirements, employers demonstrate that they support their employees’ right to express milk at work in order to feed their children human milk for as long as they choose.

Get Support for Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Support Groups

Lactation Consultant 

  • There are two types of lactation consultants. Your insurance may cover the care of a lactation consultant in or outside of the hospital. Some lactation consultants may visit you at home. To find out more, visit breastfeeding benefits.
  • A Lactation Consultant or LC is someone who helps people with breastfeeding. LCs receive education on lactation but are not certified. Many are Registered Nurses who have experience in assisting with breastfeeding. Ask your health care provider for more information. 
  • An International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant or IBCLC specializes in breastfeeding care and has met strict eligibility requirements, including passing an examination to demonstrate knowledge in breastfeeding management. Ask your health care provider for more information. Find an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant - USLCA.

Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding and Lactation Friendly Worksites

In order for a worksite to be designated as a "Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding and Lactation Friendly Worksite" by the ECDOH, the worksite must meet the minimum requirements. The ECDOH provides technical assistance to worksites to help them obtain the designation of a breastfeeding, chestfeeding and lactation friendly worksite.  For more information, please call 716-858-4752 or email


The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) aims to use inclusive language that acknowledges and supports diversity and inclusion in human milk feeding. Throughout this page, the terms breastfeeding, chestfeeding and lactation are used to describe feeding human milk (from a donor or birth parent) to a child from a bottle, cup, spoon, syringe, breast, or the chest. While the ECDOH remains dedicated to inclusive language, some of the affiliated links may use less affirming language.


Office of Health Equity 
95 Franklin Street 
Buffalo, NY 14202 
Phone: 716-858-4752