The Niagara County Department of Health is providing a breastfeeding and baby-changing station at the Niagara County Fair again this year.
“Providing a cool and quiet space for breastfeeding mothers and babies, as well as an accessible changing area for all parents and children, supports the health and wellbeing of our community,” Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton said.
The breastfeeding station has a temperature-controlled refrigerator for mothers to store breastmilk, a sink for washing hands, power outlets for expressing breastmilk, and air conditioning. A dual-changing station is available to all families, separate from the private breastfeeding area. Mothers are welcome to nurse their children under the shade, and NCDOH encourages the public to visit the station to learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby.
For the seventh year, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County has donated the space for the breastfeeding and baby-changing station. Fairgoers should look for the blue trailer located next to the fairgrounds brick administration building.
Director of Public Health Planning and Emergency Preparedness Tracy Fricano Chalmers said, “This year, we will be offering COVID-19 vaccination each day. Single-dose Johnson & Johnson will be available for individuals 18 years of age and older; two-dose Pfizer will be available for individuals 12 years of age and older. Individuals receiving Pfizer will be scheduled for their second dose after the first dose. Although we encourage people to visit our website to register in advance, walk-ins are welcome. We are hoping that fairgoers will take advantage of this convenient opportunity to get vaccinated and protect themselves, their family and their community.”
Registration links are available via the vaccination clinic schedule at: https://www.niagaracounty.com/health/Vaccine.
Members of the community will also receive information regarding the many services offered by the NCDOH.
“We encourage everyone to visit us at the fair to learn more about how we promote and protect the health and safety of Niagara County residents and visitors,” Stapleton said.
Over the course of the fair, public health professionals will be available to discuss topics such as lead prevention, rabies prevention, immunizations, chronic disease reduction, breastfeeding support, services for children with functional needs, and public health emergency preparedness.