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Breastfeeding provides amazing health benefits
Op Ed by LCPH


LORAIN COUNTY, July 30, 2018: Breastfeeding provides amazing health benefits for both you and your baby. Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) is here to support you with public health services that your family needs— including with childhood vaccines, breastfeeding support, and guidance from nurses and dietitians at LCPH.


Get Nutritious Foods through theSpecial Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)” for:

• Eligible women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or six months post-partum

• Babies up to 1 year of age and 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.


Couple BreastfeedingAsk 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 a Certified Lactation Counselor.


LCPH supports breastfeeding because 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 with their mom and dad, which soothes babies and can strengthen their bond with mom.

• Are healthier and more content than babies that are formula-fed.

Women who breastfeed have a decreased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer. They also may lose pregnancy weight more quickly.


For more information on the WIC or Newborn Home Visit Program, contact Lorain

County Public Health at 440-322-6367 or visit LorainCountyHealth.com.  Follow your local health department on Twitter @LorainCoHealth, Facebook, or YouTube.


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Revised: 08/07/18 11:42:11 -0700.




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