Healthy for Babies

BREASTFEEDING

Lactation Consultants and Peer Counselors are on staff to provide breastfeeding education and support at no cost for WIC clients.

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Why breastfeed?

OVERVIEW

The benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to providing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is full of disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness.

Listed below are some of the many reasons that breastfeeding is such a wonderful thing to do.


Mother nursing her baby


Healthy for Babies:



  • Best possible nutrition

  • Easy to digest

  • Reduces risk of SIDS, ear infections, RSV and diarrhea

  • Helps prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, heart disease and cancer

  • Promotes brain growth



Healthy for Moms & Families:



  • Promotes weight loss after pregnancy

  • Reduces risk of chronic diseases like osteoporosis and cancer

  • Always ready at the right temperature

  • Helps moms and babies stay healthy

  • Healthy moms and babies are more active and ready for play

  • Saves time, money and the environment



Our Services:



  • Breastfeeding Peer Counselor support during pregnancy and after delivery

  • Breastfeeding Basics class

  • Breastfeeding and Pumping class

  • Feeding evaluations from the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants

  • Hospital grade loaner pumps and supplies

  • Baby Weight Checks:
    (Goshen—Wednesdays from 8:30-12 and 1-4)
    (Elkhart—Thursdays from 8:30-12 and 1-4)


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Who We Are

Healthy Beginnings offers programs aimed at prevention, education and early intervention to enhance the health and lives of infants, young children and pregnant and/or breastfeeding women. Healthy Beginnings is part of the Elkhart County Health Department.

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