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County of Lake Breastfeeding Coalition

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Breastfeeding is a personal matter and one that may draw strong opinions from friends, family, and healthcare professionals. While many medical authorities including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) strongly recommend breastfeeding, you and your baby are unique and the decision is yours alone to make.

We support the right of every individual to breastfeed and promote the health and well-being of all members of our community. According to California Civil Code Section 43.3, “A mother may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are authorized to be present.” Know your rights and the benefits of breastfeeding for both you and your child.

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Having an additional member in the family brings joy to many parents. However, there are many questions, concerns and issues arise that can make this period less joyful for some families.

Breastfeeding is more than just a way to feed your baby. It is the way you are naturally designed to begin your mothering journey. W hope this website will provide the information you need to make breastfeeding a great experience for you.

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    Benefits of Breastfeeding

    Helpful Info for Moms and Families

    Feeding Methods

    Making Plenty of Breast Milk

    How to Keep Your Breast Pump Kit Clean

    How Dad Can Help

    Know your Rights

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Healthcare professionals and hospitals can improve the health and well being of our Lake County children by supporting breastfeeding. You can support breastfeeding by making your hospitals and clinics "Baby-friendly". Healthcare professionals can help by: BFHealth

  • Discuss Breastfeeding with women during their pregnancy and provide anticipatory guidance
  • Provide encouragement and support during the post-partum period
  • Link women to their hospital lactation consultant or local WIC agency for breastfeeding support. For a WIC referral form, please click here

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Companies both large and small benefit from supporting breastfeeding employees. The payoff is significant:

  • more satisfied and loyal employees
  • retention of experienced employees
  • reduction in sick time
  • lower health care insurance costs
You can support breastfeeding moms returning to work by:
  • Develop policies to support breastfeeding employees (SAMPLE)
  • Provide a private place at work for employees to breastfeed or express milk (TIPS)
  • Allow flexibility with break time and work schedule (TIPS)
  • Educate employees on breastfeeding laws
  • Provide pregnant employees with lactation education such as pamphlets and resources
BFLCBC Other ways business owners and clinics can show their support to breastfeeding moms is by attaching a "Breastfeeding Welcome Here" window cling at the front window to let moms know they can breastfeed their babies at your businesses or clinics. To obtain the window cling, Please contact WIC at 877-942-2220.

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If you are experiencing some challenges with breastfeeding, you are not alone. Many women do struggle with breastfeeding at the beginning. Some of the challenges moms experienced are nipple soreness, breast engorgement, plugged milk duct, etc. Most of the challenges are temporary and can be overcome with right supports. If you have questions or concerns regarding breastfeeding, there are many professionals in Lake County as well as state-wide who are eager to assist you and your baby so you both can have a wonderful breastfeeding experience. Below is a list of agencies and organizations you can contact for support.

Sutter Lakeside Hospital

The Lakeport hospital has certified Lactation Consultants available to clients 7 days a week by phone, e-mail and in-person appointments: Their contacts are:
http://www.babies.sutterhealth.org/breastfeeding/ Phone: 707-262-5085

St. Helena Family Health Center: (707-995-4595)
The Clearlake clinic has the Adventist Health’s Bright Start Program (CPSP) to provide breastfeeding support. The program is available for any Medi-Cal patients up to 8 weeks postpartum. It is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00am to 7:00pm and Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
St. Helena Clearlake Hospital: (707-995-5875)
The Clearlake hospital has Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) who is available to provide mothers and babies with breastfeeding support. This service is available by appointment.
Women’s Health Website
If you are more comfortable with finding the information for yourself instead of speaking to a breastfeeding counselor, you can find the solutions to some of the breastfeeding challenges at the Women’s Health website. https://www.womenshealth.gov/
The National Breastfeeding Helpline: (1-800-944-9662)
Talk with trained breastfeeding peer counselors who can help answer common breastfeeding questions in English or Spanish.
Lake County Public Health Department: (707-263-1090)
Has Home Visitation Program where a nurse will come out to your house to do assessment and provide education.
WIC: (1-877-942-2220)
Lake County WIC has Certified Lactation Counselors who are trained to provide hands on support for any breastfeeding mothers and babies in need.

 

Lake County Breastfeeding Coalition Monthly Meeting
Lake County Breastfeeding Coalition (LCBC) meets on the first Monday of each month in the conference room of the Lake Family Resource Center. This is an open community meeting and we encourage anyone who would like to support the breastfeeding movement in Lake County to come join us.

Date:       First Monday of each month
Time:       2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location:  LFRC Conference Room (896 Lakeport Blvd, Lakeport, CA 95453)
Contact:  Jaleen White
              (707) 279-0563 X220

 

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Join the Lake County Breastfeeding Coalition
Mission Statement
To promote, protect, and support breastfeeding to improve the health and well-being of our community.
Membership
The Lake County Breastfeeding Coalition is made up of representatives from local hospitals, community groups, non-profit organizations, health plans, state and local government agencies, and interested individuals. Anyone interested in the promotion of breastfeeding in Lake county is encouraged to participate in the Coalition. There is no membership fee.

Contact WIC at 1-877-942-2220 or email us at LCBreastfeedingCoalition@yahoo.com for information on when and where our next meeting will be held.

Breastfeeding Coalition Brochure
Lake County Breastfeeding Coalition Sticker Contact
Desiree Perez
707-349-2873
lcbreastfeedingcoalition@yahoo.com

 

 

  • Breastfeeding Report Card - The CDC Breastfeeding Report Card provides state-by-state data to help public health practitioners, health professionals, community members, child care providers, and family members work together to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

  • U.A. National Immunization Survey - National and State Breastfeeding Rates - The U.S. National Immunization Survey (NIS) provides current national, state, and selected urban-area estimates of vaccination coverage rates for U.S. children ages 19 to 35 months. Since July 2001, breastfeeding questions have been asked on the NIS to assess the population's breastfeeding practices.

  • Infant Feeding Practices Study II and Its Year Six Follow-Up - CDC worked closely with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct the Infant Feeding Practices Study II (IFPS II) in 2005–2007. IFPS II was a longitudinal study focusing on infant feeding practices throughout the first year of life and the diets of women in their 3rd trimester and at four months postpartum.

  • National Survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) -CDC’s national mPINC survey provides data on practices and policies in medical and nursing care at U.S. maternity facilities.

  • HealthStyles Survey -Healthstyles is a private proprietary national marketing survey that annually collects health-related opinions of men and women aged 18 years and above.