The Saline County Health Department has received a grant for being a “Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic.” Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Administrator Lisa Thomas:
Saline County is one of only 28 WIC agencies in the state to receive the designation. To receive this designation and the funds that come with it, the clinic was required to have a breastfeeding room, promote the practice in a certain way, meet certain staff education levels, and other requirements.
The Department will receive $16,000 in additional funding with their October budget. This Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says these funds are to be used to accommodate the needs of staff to support lactation.
The WIC program is a supplemental food program for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children younger than five. It provides food vouchers, nutrition education, and support for those in need.
More information on the Saline County Health Department is available at saline.lphamo.org.
Press Release from the Saline County Health Department
Saline County WIC has received th designation of a Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic. The criteria are based on a set of standards and evidence-based practices that support breastfeeding mothers and their families. The Saline County WIC Program provides breastfeeding education, postpartum support and assessments to all WIC participants. We also provide free breastfeeding classes and support groups to all families. In the last year, our breastfeeding rates have increased from 56% to 62%. We are working with Fitzgibbon Hospital’s taskforce to increase breastfeeding support in our community. We also have a breastfeeding peer counselor and Board Certified Lactation Consultant on staff. As a result of the BF Friendly designation, we will receive supplemental funding to enhance our services next year.