Public Health and Wellness provides breastfeeding education and support to families

August 11, 2022

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 11, 2022)During National Breastfeeding Month, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) is reminding families of the benefits of breastfeeding and support available to help new mothers navigate challenges.

“Breastfeeding provides lifelong benefits for both mother and child, including creating a closer bond between the two,” said Rebekah Scroggy, lactation program manager and regional breastfeeding coordinator at LMPHW. “I breastfed my son until he was nearly 2 ½ years old and I am currently breastfeeding my 9-month-old daughter. Though there have been challenges, both journeys have allowed me to slow down and enjoy time with my little ones.”

Studies have shown that babies who are breastfed:

  • Are less likely to develop allergies
  • Have fewer ear infections
  • Have better dental health
  • Reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Are less likely to grow up overweight or develop diabetes later in life

Studies have shown breastfeeding benefits for the mother include:

  • Weight loss support after birth
  • Lower chances of postpartum depression and anxiety
  • Fewer pre-menopausal cancers, like ovarian and breast cancer
  • Lower risk of high blood pressure
  • Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Less incidence of osteoporosis later in life

“Those who cannot breastfeed, or choose not to, should not feel ashamed,” Scroggy said. “Remember, fed is best. No matter how you choose to feed your baby, finding support around you is important because parenthood is hard. Thankfully, there are a lot of great support systems and resources here in Jefferson County.”

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program at LMPHW offers breastfeeding peer counseling courses. The classes are open to the public; however, our one-on-one peer counseling program is only available to WIC participants.

Click here for a list of upcoming free WIC infant feeding classes.

The WIC Program helps with breastfeeding, as well as providing access to infant formula. To learn more about the WIC Program and how to qualify for a free electric breast pump, call 502-574-5978 or visit Louisville WIC at louisvilleky.gov.  For breastfeeding support, you can call LMPHW at 502-574-6511. You can also find additional resources in Jefferson County on our breastfeeding support page.

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