The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene encourages mothers to breastfeed babies. Breast milk is filled with vitamins and nutrients that babies need. It also saves time and money. 

You can order free information on breastfeeding, including:

  • NYC Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding
  • You Have the Right to Breastfeed palm card
  • Maternal Coaching card
  • You've Decided to Breastfeed - Stick with It magnet


Learn more about breastfeeding.

Download the “NYC Mother’s Guide to Breast Feeding” brochure.

Download the "You Have the Right to Breastfeed" palm card.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

Requests for the Women's Healthline are referred to the National Breastfeeding Helpline.

The Helpline is open from Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM


Visit the U.S. Office of Women's Health website.

By Phone

  • Agency: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Division: National Women's Health Information Center
  • Phone Number: (800) 994-9662
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM

You can get assistance with breastfeeding from the hospital where you gave birth. Your ob/gyn, pediatrician, or family doctor can also help.

Get information about the City's Latch On NYC initiative.

Latch On NYC is a citywide initiative designed to support mothers who choose to breastfeed.

HHC enforces the New York State hospital regulation to not give formula to breastfeeding infants unless medically indicated.

Learn more about the Latch On NYC initiative.