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K00375 Summary:

MLTSPNSRBrabenec, Buttenschon, Cusick, Davila, Durso, Galef, Gandolfo, Manktelow, McDonald, McMahon, Mikulin, Perry, Seawright, Sillitti, Tague, Thiele
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K00375 Text:

Assembly Resolution No. 375
BY: M. of A. Solages
        MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
        August 2021, as Breastfeeding Awareness Month in the
        State of New York
  WHEREAS,  The practice of breastfeeding encourages the establishment
and development of a strong bond between the mother and her  child  that
has  a  positive  impact  on  the health of the family, and therefore on
society; and
  WHEREAS, Breastfeeding is quintessential for the health of babies as
it provides the ideal mix of  vitamins,  protein,  and  fat  to  promote
healthy development and growth; and
  WHEREAS,  The practice of breastfeeding has been heavily researched,
and studies have displayed that higher IQ scores in later childhood have
been linked to the consumption of breast milk; and
  WHEREAS,  Breastfeeding  provides  preventative  measures  for   the
breastfed  child against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and lowers
the risk of asthma, allergies, obesity, diarrhea and ear infections; and
  WHEREAS, Breastfeeding provides healthy attributes for the mother as
it burns extra calories, reduces uterine bleeding  after  birth,  lowers
the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis; and
  WHEREAS,  There is a special bonding time which maximizes mental and
social development that nursing the infant gives to  a  mother  and  her
baby as they are held close and cuddled, skin-to-skin, so the baby feels
calmer and more secure; and
  WHEREAS,  The  practice  of  breastfeeding  serves  as  an important
empowerment tool for the woman to affirm and accept her role  as  a  new
mother; and
  WHEREAS,  This  manner  of  feeding  the  child  is a cost effective
intervention that diminishes  the  expenditure  on  infant  formula  and
health services rendered to infants; and
  WHEREAS,  Both  international and national organizations such as the
Department of Health and Human Services of the United States, the  World
Health  Organization,  the  United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and
the American Academy of Pediatrics acknowledge the vitality  of  breast-
feeding; and
  WHEREAS,  The month of August commemorates the Innocenti Declaration
signed in August of 1990 by government  policymakers,  WHO,  UNICEF  and
other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding; and
  WHEREAS,  United  States  Department  of  Health  and Human Services
endorses the observation of Breastfeeding Awareness Month on August 1 of
every year to acknowledge the importance of breastfeeding and  encourage
prospective mothers to learn more about this practice; and
  WHEREAS,  Breastfeeding  is  becoming  an endangered practice in the
United States due to a  lack  of  education  and  support  towards  this
fruitful practice; and
  WHEREAS,  It is fitting and proper for this Legislative Body to take
note of such an empowering and healthy practice which bonds  mother  and
child  in  an  economically  sound and healthy manner, as it fosters the
constructive development of its youngest citizens to this  great  Empire
State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to  proclaim  August  2021,  as
Breastfeeding  Awareness  Month in the State of New York, and to commend
efforts  put  forward  to  educate  women  on  the  subject  matter   of
breastfeeding; and be it further
  RESOLVED,  That  copies  of  this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the  State  of
New York; and the New York State Department of Health.
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