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Breastfeeding Support

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The LCHD & Missouri DHSS promotes, supports and protects breastfeeding as the perfect food for your baby, having all the essential nutrients and sufficient calories to meet your infant’s needs. Breastfeeding provides numerous benefits to mothers, infants, the environment, and to the communities of Missouri. Accordingly, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months after birth and the continuation of breastfeeding through the first year of life and beyond.

Breastfeeding is good for the mother and baby. Breastfeeding helps reduce the incidence of disease and illness and reduces infant mortality rates. The LCHD is happy to assist breastfeeding mothers with telephone consultation, lactation classes and the availability of breast pumps. Call for more details.

Did You Know:

  • Breast milk is easier to digest
  • Mothers who breastfeed miss less work
  • Breastfeeding can reduce the incidence of childhood obesity

Stop in and see the Breastfeeding Room as the Health Department!

Research shows that breastfeeding provides many health benefits for you and your baby. But it also can be difficult to manage breastfeeding in today’s hurried world. Get all the factsand more information on breastfeeding and the benefits for you and your baby.

Check out the Breastfeeding Support Group Facebook page here: