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The Coastal Health District of Georgia serves the counties of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long & McIntosh

Breastfeeding Support

 

World Breastfeeding Week 

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated during the first week in August every year in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Unfortunately because of COVID-19, we can’t host our traditional WBW activities, but we still want to celebrate! We will be holding a “Nursing in Nature” photo contest Aug. 1-7. For more information, check out the
Coastal Georgia Breastfeeding Support Facebook page.


Information on COVID-19 & Breastfeeding

Please see the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  Breastfeeding and COVID-19.

Click HERE for other sources of information on this subject.


Breastfeeding is the most normal and natural way for babies to be nourished, because human milk is designed perfectly for human babies. The Coastal Health District is committed to helping mothers breastfeed their babies because breastfeeding is so important for good health.

Breastmilk is easy to digest, with just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein for a baby’s growth and development. Breastfed babies usually get sick less often, because breastmilk contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections. Breastmilk also contains living cells that are important for optimal brain development, and breastfed babies are less likely to be overweight as adults. Research indicates women who breastfeed may have lower rates of certain breast and ovarian cancers. And breastfeeding is a great way for moms to bond with their babies.

The Coastal Health District offers a variety of education, support, and lactation services, including:

Helpful Resources Breastfeeding Resources

For more information about lactation services in your county, call the Coastal Health District’s Breastfeeding Coordinator
Monica Lightfoot at 912.269.2909. Monica is also available to counsel Spanish-speaking women.


Have basic questions about breastfeeding? Call the National Breastfeeding Helpline at
1-800-994-9662 (TDD 1-888-220-5446).

What are your rights as a nursing mother? Click HERE for more information.