Breastfeeding 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. We have designated breastfeeding peer counselors, Certified Lactation Consultants, and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) who can provide support to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers free of charge. Our trained specialists can help:
- Prepare for a successful breastfeeding experience, address questions or concerns before the baby is born
- Troubleshoot common breastfeeding concerns such as low milk supply, soreness, pumping, returning to work/school, and more
- Provide breastfeeding assessments, including baby pre- and post-weight measurements to determine milk intake at breast
- Obtain a breast pump or other supplies that are needed for breastfeeding success
- Locate community resources and support groups
- Offer the compassionate support that new mothers need
Berrien County Breastfeeding Coalition
The Berrien County Breastfeeding Coalition is a group of individuals and organizations who work together to create a network of seamless resources for breastfeeding mothers, and support and promote breastfeeding in Berrien County. The group meets every other month and welcomes new members. Find the Berrien County Breastfeeding Coalition on Facebook or email the Coalition if you want to know more about upcoming meetings and activities.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program
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. 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.