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Support and Supplemental Food Assistance for Breastfeeding Mothers

Posted on: August 2, 2018

 You’re doing great, mom- loving and caring for your baby. Breastfeeding provides amazing health benefits for both you and your baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every child be breastfed for at least 12 months, and afterwards for as long as mother and baby want. Breast milk provides baby with the perfect blend of nutrients to help them with a healthy start to life.

As you work to find a new balance, Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) is here to support you with public health services that your family needs— including childhood vaccines, a pack ‘n play, a car seat, breastfeeding support, and guidance from nurses and dietitians at LCPH.

 

  • Nutritious Foods-- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC):
    • Income-eligible women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or six months post-partum
    • Babies up to 1 year of age
    • Children up to 5 years of age
    • Breastfeeding Peer Helpers help troubleshoot, provide encouragement, and help moms reach their breastfeeding goals. Breastfeeding families receive additional food items from WIC with important nutrients for the breastfeeding mom. Breastfeeding Peer Helper Jessica, shares more on the program HERE.

 

  • Ask a Nurse: During pregnancy or with a newborn up to 6 weeks old, a nurse can answer any questions you have about childbirth, sleeping tips (for baby and parents), vaccines, resources and much more. During this visit, mom can get breastfeeding support from the nurse who is a Certified Lactation Counselor.

 

  • Additional infant and child health resources are available through LCPH HERE.

How is breastfeeding healthy?

Women who breastfeed:
- Have a decreased risk of: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer.
- May lose pregnancy weight more quickly.


Babies who are breastfed:
- Have a reduced risk of asthma, obesity, type 2 diabetes, SIDS, and other childhood infections.
- Have more skin-to-skin contact, while held on their mother or father’s chest, which soothes babies and can strengthen their bond with parents.
- Are healthier and more content than babies that are formula fed.


Families who breastfeed:
- Save money because they don’t have added costs of baby formula.
- Protect the environment by decreasing energy used to process formula and dispose of container waste.
- Saves money in healthcare costs and doctors’ visits.