Nation's Newest Baby Café Launches in Schenectady County

Baby Cafe at Bornt Branch Library

New mothers and mothers-to-be are invited to help celebrate the launch of a new Baby Cafés in Schenectady County.

Funded by grants from NYS Department of Health, coordinated by St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP) Community Health Programs, and in affiliation with nonprofit organization Baby Café USA, the new Baby Café in Schenectady County will provide pregnant and breastfeeding mothers a comfortable environment to learn more about breastfeeding.

"Schenectady County is proud to partner with St. Peters Health Partners to open this first Baby Café at the Bornt Branch Library” said Karen Johnson, Vice Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature and Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services.. “Research shows that breastfeeding lowers the risk of child obesity and many childhood illnesses such as asthma and childhood cancers.  The Baby Café will provide a friendly environment for our families to learn and share their experiences to help ensure our children get the best start possible.”

The Baby Café in Schenectady County is operated by Schenectady County Public Health Services and located in the Phyllis Bornt Branch Library and Literacy Center at 948 State Street.  This is a location where mothers can relax, share tips and techniques, and socialize with other moms. FREE one-on-one help is also available from certified lactation specialists and peer counselors from SPHP and other organizations.

To celebrate the openings of the new Baby Café, and in recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, the public is invited to attend the Grand Opening and Open House:

Schenectady County Baby Café Open House
Tuesday, August 1
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Phyllis Bornt Branch Library and Literacy Center
948 State St., Schenectady, NY 12307

“We are thrilled to launch these Baby Cafés, which will offer community support for breastfeeding women in Troy and Schenectady County, and enable them to breastfeed for longer,” said Erin Sinisgalli, director of SPHP Community Health Programs. “Long-term studies of breastfeeding show it contributes to a lifetime of good health for babies. It also provides many positive health benefits for moms, and gives them some quiet time to relax and bond with their baby.”

Pregnant women, breastfeeding moms, partners and siblings are welcome to visit the Baby Cafés and open houses.

Health care providers who wish to volunteer or participate in the Baby Cafés should contact Kristen Lynch at SPHP Community Health Programs at 518-459-2550.   

The Schenectady County Baby Café is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Tuesday at the Phyllis Bornt Branch Library and Literacy Center, located at 948 State Street in Schenectady.

The Baby Café complements the WIC program services provided by Schenectady County Public Health Services.

The Schenectady County Baby Café will be staffed by a Public Health Nurse who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant employed by Schenectady County Public Health Services.

SPHP Community Health Programs is providing $24,000 annually for 5 years to support the Schenectady County Baby Café.

Schenectady County Public Library is providing the space for free for the Baby Café.

For more information, please call 518-386-2824.


Baby Café USA

Baby Café is a national network of free breastfeeding drop-ins, combining the expertise of skilled practitioners and mothers to offer invaluable support to parents at all stages of breastfeeding in a professional but non-clinical, café-style environment.

Baby Café USA has more than 45 drop-ins around the United States, in 14 states, supporting more than 2,000 moms every year. All Baby Cafés are free, and are open to all those interested in any aspect of breastfeeding – mothers, partners, supporters – and take place in community venues. Baby Café USA was established in 2011.

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