Breastfeeding

Graves County Health Department BreastfeedingBreastfeeding is encouraged as the preferred feeding for all infants, including premature newborns. Breast milk has many benefits for both mother and baby. Breastfed infants have decreased risk of diabetes, asthma, allergies, and ear infections.

Our health department supports breastfeeding in a variety of ways. We have a designated breastfeeding promotion coordinator who collaborates with local health Advantages of Breastfeedingcare providers and businesses to provide information and support for all demographics of mothers and families. Some examples of information that we provide to the community are attendance at local health fairs, media campaigns, and providing up to date resources for local health care providers.

WIC promotes, supports and encourages mothers to breastfeed their babies as it has been shown to provide many health, nutrition, and emotional benefits to both mothers and babies.  Currently, more than half of the nation’s infants are on WIC. 

The WIC program provides pregnant and postpartum women with breastfeeding support and information to make the best informed decisions for their health as well as their new babies.

Breastfeeding support:
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services La Leche League
CDC on Breastfeeding
Kangaroo Care
Kangaroo Care Information
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