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Why is Breastfeeding Important? 

Breast milk helps keep your baby healthy: 
  • It supplies all the necessary nutrients in the proper proportions.
  • It protects against allergies, sickness and obesity.
  • It protects against diseases, like diabetes and cancer.
  • It protects against infections, like ear infections.
  • It is easily digested - no constipation, diarrhea or upset stomach.
  • Babies have healthier weights as they grow.
  • Breastfed babies score higher on IQ tests.
 
Breast milk changes constantly to meet babies' needs: 
  • The milk changes in volume and composition according to the time of day, nursing frequency, and age of baby to promote healthy food for your baby.


Breast milk is always ready and good for the environment: 

  • It is available wherever and whenever your baby needs it.
  • It is always at the right temperature, clean and free.
  • No bottles to clean.
  • Breastfeeding has no waste, so it is good for the environment

 

Why is Breastfeeding Important to You?  

 Mothers who breastfeed: 
  • Have a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes and certain cancers, such as breast cancer
  • May find it easier to return to what they weighed before they got pregnant
  • Strengthen the bond with their children
     

For more information about the importance of feeding your baby breast milk, contact your local WIC office or call 211.

 

 

 Breastfeeding Resources

 
  
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Community Resource Advisors work with callers to assess their needs, determine their options and provide appropriate programs/services, give support and advocate for the caller as needed. Help locating a specific service or securing basic needs.  24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are confidential and answered with respect, empathy and compassion.
  
HOPE Parent Resource Center Providing Support Assistance Education and Free Birthing Classes.
  
La Leche League provides support to help mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding.
  
La Leche League provides support to help mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding.
  
WIC is a health and nutrition program that has demonstrated a positive effect on pregnancy outcomes, child growth and development. The program provides a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.

Phone: 269-427-7914
  
Promote healthy pregnancies, positive birth outcomes, and healthy infant growth and development. We are here to support, encourage, empower, and advocate for women and families by providing compassionate care.