Breastfeeding

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St. Francois County Health Center Breastfeeding Resources

For breastfeeding help and support Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm please call the WIC office at 573-431-1947

For after hours or weekend help, please call or text the BREASTFEEDING HELPLINE…. text/call
573-330-9382

St. Francois County Health Center WIC is proud to offer a wide variety of support and services to help mom’s breastfeeding experience go smoothly.    From prenatal education, to post-partum support, SFCHC WIC strives to help you make the best decision for your new baby and your family.  Take a look at what all we have to offer!

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program

St. Francois County Health Center WIC is actively a part of the USDA’s Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program.  Peer Counselors are, or have been, breastfeeding moms just like yourself!  SFCHC WIC peer counselors will provide you with basic information about breastfeeding during your pregnancy and after your baby is born.  They are trained to offer support and guidance throughout your breastfeeding experience and will help you reach your breastfeeding goals.

Breastfeeding Education and Support

Breastfeeding Classes
SFCHC WIC offers a series of three 10-15 minute breastfeeding classes over topics such as the differences in breastmilk and formula, our WIC breast pump prorgram, and how to initiate breastfeeding once baby is born.  Please call our office to sign up at 573-431-1947.  The classes are available to the public as well.

Breastfeeding Support Group
Cafe’ Mama is the SFCHC WIC breastfeeding support group, this group is open to anyone in the community who is pregnant or breastfeeding.  We meed the first Wednesday of every month at 1:00 pm.  Locations vary, feel free to follow us on Facebook (SFC Breastfeeding Support) or call us for more information at 573-431-1947.

Clinic, Hospital and Home Visits
St. Francois County WIC offers free clinic, hospital, and home visits to mothers who are experiencing breastfeeding issues that cannot be resolved over the phone.  Approvals for hospital and home visits are determined by the WIC and breastfeeding Coordinator.  For an appointment to assess baby’s latch, call the St. Francois County WIC office.!

WIC Breast Pump Services

St. Francois County Health Center WIC’s breast pump program is one of the biggest benefits for a breastfeeding mom to be on our program.  Moms on WIC will receive quality support and guidance from our Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, and will also qualify for one of our three breast pumps.  Our Peer Counselors carefully assess a mom’s breastfeeding situation and mom’s personal goals to determine which breast pump will best meet her needs.  Here are the three pumps WIC may provide:
Manual Breast Pump:  Available to all mothers on WIC who are breastfeeding once baby is born.
Medela Pump In Style Double Electric Pump:  Available for FREE to mothers on WIC who:
.  Are not receiving any formula from WIC
.  Baby is at least 4 weeks old
.  Breastfeeding is going well
.  Mom is returning to work/school and will be away from baby for 30 hours/week or more

Lactina Double Electric Pump:  rented to breastfeeding moms on WIC who are experiencing difficulties with latch and/or milk supply.  Needs are determined by BFPC and BF coordinator.  Limited number of pumps available.

Community Lactina Double Electric:  Available for rent to breastfeeding mothers who do not qualify for WIC services for a minimal, one-time fee.  Call the WIC office for more information.  The number of pumps are limited.

WIC pumps of any variety are NOT to be sold or given away after the participant has stopped using them.

 

Helpful Websites:
Dr. Newman’s Pages – Breastfeedingonline.com/newman

DHSSHealth.mo.gov/living/families/wic/breastfeeding/index.php

CDC – cdc.gov/breastfeeding

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