Latch On NYC is a citywide initiative designed to support mothers who choose to breastfeed. Through a voluntary commitment, hospitals provide additional support to breastfeeding mothers and minimize practices that can interfere with that choice such as supplementing breastfeeding infants with formula, unless medically indicated or at the mother's specific request. Hospitals also pledge to end the distribution of promotional formula and materials during the hospital stay and at discharge.
The initiative includes a public awareness campaign highlighting the health benefits of breast milk, such as reducing the risk of ear infections, diarrhea and pneumonia.
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The following hospitals are currently participating in the NYC Department of Health's Latch On NYC Initiative: