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Health Department Breastfeeding Promotion Coordinators

Each Health Department or District in Kentucky has a staff Breastfeeding Promotion Coordinator. This staff person has information on area breastfeeding resources, support groups, retailers, and contacts. This staff person can also help with breastfeeding questions. Call your local Health Department to meet this person.
(Local Health Department Address Listing)

Your Local Lactation Consultant

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are the health professional for breastfeeding. They are often found at hospitals, health departments, in doctors’ offices, or in breastfeeding shops. If you need help finding a Lactation Consultant near you, contact the International Lactation Consultant Association at (919) 787-5181.

Breastfeeding Peer Counselors

Many agencies have Breastfeeding Peer Counselors in the WIC Program.  These counselors are able to provide mother-to-mother support for pregnant and breastfeeding owmen.  Check with your local Health department about the availability fo the Breastfeeding Peer Counselors.

Breastfeeding Support Groups

Groups like La Leche League are small, local groups of mothers helping mothers. They are women like you who have experience in breastfeeding their own children and can answer a lot of practical questions. You may be able to find a group in your phone book or by calling your Health Department’s Breastfeeding Promotion Coordinator. Or, you can find local groups by calling the organization or visiting their website: La Leche League: or call  1-800-LA-LECHE

Other Health Professionals

Your obstetrician, pediatrician, family practitioner or other physician should be knowledgeable and supportive of breastfeeding. There may be a nurse or other staff person in the office with breastfeeding knowledge as well. Nutritionists, neonatal nurses, midwives, childbirth instructors and home visiting nurses should also be knowledgeable. When looking for a doctor, be sure to ask questions about their feelings and practices toward breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics has guidelines for supportive pediatric office practices at their website.

Your Local Library

There are numerous books, videotapes, and magazines on breastfeeding and parenting. Below are a number of good choices to try. If your local library doesn’t have the resource, they might be able to order through interlibrary loan or even buy for their collection. You could purchase your own copy. Sometimes local support groups have lending libraries as well.

Some Books for Children
• We Have a Baby by Cathryn Falwell
• We Like to Nurse by Chia Martin
• My Mama Needs Me by Mildred Pitts Walter
• Will There Be a Lap for Me? by Dorothy Corey
• Breasts by Genichiro Yagyu
• Michele, the Nursing Toddler by Jane Pinczuk

Some Books for Families
• The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League Int’l
• Breastfeeding Pure and Simple by Gwen Gotsch
• Mothering Your Nursing Toddler by Norma Jane Baumgarner
• Breastfeeding Your Premature Baby by Gwen Gotsch
• Nursing Mother, Working Mother by Gale Pryor
• Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins and More by Karen Gromada
• The Nursing Mother’s Guide to Weaning by Kathleen Huggins

Internet Links 
• La Leche League  
• Nursing Mothers Counsel  
• Jane’s Breastfeeding and Childbirth Resources  
• International Lactation Consultant Association
• American Academy of Pediatrics  - "Woman’s Guide to Breastfeeding"
• Business Case for Breastfeeding
• Using Loving Support to Grow and Glow in WIC

 

Last Updated 12/2/2011
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