The State of Kansas acknowledges breast milk to be the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for infant’s health, growth, immunity, and development. (HB 2284, 2006 session).
New federal guidelines also exist to support nursing mothers in the workplace. Even with public health campaigns spreading awareness of the importance of human milk, it has been difficult for nursing families to find local support.
Recent expansions in lactation care mean now Butler County has more breastfeeding advocates than ever.
Butler County Health Department is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, the first week of August. Any pregnant or breastfeeding mom is invited to come to the Health Department Aug. 5-7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and receive a treat while supplies last. Items include Tanganyika passes, All Star Sports passes, gift certificates from Panera Bread, Beijing, Spangles, Jose Peppers, Chili’s, Great Bread Harvest and much more.
Butler County Health Department recognizes the benefit of having lactation support available, especially in the first critical weeks postpartum. The Health Department is now staffed with three Certified Breastfeeding Educators, available for breastfeeding assistance via telephone, online, or in office. Additional local breastfeeding support includes:
• Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program: available to participants in the Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children; 322-5730.
• Breast Pump Program: hospital grade double sided electric pumps available for rental, for any local mother needing to express her milk; call 321-3400.
• Breastfeeding support online: Facebook group: Butler Breastfeeds.
• New El Dorado La Leche League group: meets monthly at Trinity Episcopal Church; Leader is Michelle Calhoun (321-9400).
To learn more about local breastfeeding support, contact the Butler County Health Department.