CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE CALLS ON NYC GOVERNMENT TO HELP GIVE PREMATURE BABIES A STRONG START
Brooklyn - John Quaglione, candidate for New York City Council's 43rd District (Brooklyn) today has issued the following statement on the need for New York City to do more to promote expanded and equal access to breast milk for babies born prematurely:
“I am disheartened that a low-cost proposal to further the use of breast milk to save and help children born prematurely, is no longer advancing at the New York State level. This proposal would have allowed Medicaid coverage of breast milk as formula, donated to milk banks, to foster the healthy development of babies born too early.
In light of this, as a father of two daughters born prematurely, I believe it is now necessary that New York City take action to expand access to breast milk. That is why I am calling upon the NYC Department of Health and the City Council Health Committee to develop an initiative that will put the well-being of all Big Apple babies first. We already have milk banks throughout NYC, so it makes perfect sense for the City to partner in an effort to magnify the positive results.
We have to help mothers who cannot produce breast milk and families who cannot afford it for their newborn. The last thing we want is for those who need it to be forced to turn to cheaper, unregulated sources. The positive effect of breast milk on premature babies has been repeatedly proven, and any such City program, will surely yield a long term positive health impact."
John Quaglione, a candidate for the City Council in District 43, is an active supporter of the March of Dimes. John and his family will be participating in their fifth March of Babies on Sunday, April 30th.