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Breast Feeding Education and Support

Breast feeding provides many benefits for Mother and baby. 

  • Human milk provides the specific nutrients meant for proper nutrition and growth for the infant.

  • It also provides antibodies that help protect the baby from illness with decreased likelihood of allergies and dental caries.

  • Breast fed babies score slightly higher on IQ tests, especially those born prematurely.

  • There are reduced rates of breast and ovarian cancer in breastfeeding women.

  • Breast feeding saves time and money.

Moms who decide to breast feed their babies often have many questions on how to do this successfully. 

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency offers:

  • Free, individual breastfeeding consultations by a registered nurse who is specially trained as a lactation educator. The nurse can answer questions about breastfeeding, offer suggestions on breastfeeding techniques and address problems that might arise

  • Free breast pumps if eligible.

  • Referrals to breastfeeding support groups in the local community.

Other Resources

  • Breastfeeingonline.com
    Offers breastfeeding articles and has a special section of articles and videos by well-known pediatrician Dr. Jack Newman.   Videos are excellent helps for breastfeeding including clips for latching on and other common breastfeeding problems
     

  • Kellymom.com
    Developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting.  Easy to search.
     

  • llli.org
    For La Leche League International that may help locate local support groups and their websites.

For further information on this program, please contact the local health agency office and ask to speak to the lactation educator.

Branch County  517-279-9561 ext. 0136#
Hillsdale County  517-437-7395 ext. 0324#
St. Joseph County 269-273-2161 ext. 0245#
 
570 N. Marshall Rd
Coldwater, MI  49036

517-279-9561
20 Care Drive
Hillsdale, MI 49242

517-437-7395
1110 Hill St.
Three Rivers, MI  49093

269-273-2161
 
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