NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Brooklyn Borough Hall is joining the citywide Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone movement.

Borough President Eric Adams said Thursday that a comfortable and accessible lactation room will be designated for public use.

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“It is extremely important that mothers are able to breastfeed,” Adams told 1010 WINS. “The natural act of breastfeeding should not get an unnatural response from onlookers and mothers need a safe place to breastfeed.”

The planned opening date is Mother’s Day.

“This is a low-cost initiative that will give us a high-cost, great result,” Adams said.

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There are about 200,000 children under the age of 5 living in Brooklyn. That figure is higher than the state average.

Experts say breastfeeding rates are lower in Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant and other neighborhoods that are at or below the poverty line. Advocates are working to improve the rate — and babies’ health.

It’s all part of an initiative called Family Friendly Brooklyn. An earlier component included the distribution of cribs and play yards to needy families.

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