A breastfeeding clinic at the Saline County Health Department is going strong thanks to a grant received in 2013. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott talk with WIC Coordinator Anna Barlow:
“We were able to hire three additional staff to help support breastfeeding moms,” Barlow said. “We have another lactation consultant and another peer counselor. We are offering breastfeeding classes and we are working with Fitzgibbon Hospital to offer classes and support groups for moms. We have more support available for moms when they come in and have questions or concerns.”
The grant was received when the health department applied for the grant and met all of the required criteria. Barlow says breastfeeding is very important and that the clinic is having a positive impact.
“We know breastfeeding is a public health issue. Babies are 8 times less likely to die in the first year if they’re breastfed. It’s a big deal,” stated Barlow. “The main thing is that most moms want to breastfeed. About 80% of our moms are trying to breastfeed, and the main concern is that they aren’t meeting their own goals. Our job is to help those moms meet their own goals, whatever they are.”
To find out more about the Saline County Health Department’s breastfeeding clinic, call the health department at (660) 886-3434.