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 breastfeeding education and support in each of our 8 counties. 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.
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The Coastal Health District offers a variety of lactation services, including:
The Coastal Health District also offers a Peer Counseling Program which is an added service through the WIC program. Peer Counselors are introduced to expectant mothers as they come into the clinic for services. Once a mother-to-be is assigned a peer counselor, she receives guidance on breastfeeding throughout her pregnancy and into the first days at home with her new baby. The role of the Peer Counselor is to help the mother be successful in attaining her breastfeeding goals. They provide mother-to-mother support and help new moms begin and continue breastfeeding their babies and overcome common breastfeeding challenges.
You can also find more information online by visiting womenshealth.gov.
Have basic questions about breastfeeding? Call the National Breastfeeding Helpline at
1-800-994-9662 (TDD 1-888-220-5446).