Breastfeeding Knox County OhioBreast fed is best fed

Research has shown that there is no better food than breast milk for a baby’s first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many healthy, nutritional, economical and emotional benefits to mother and baby. The WIC program has a Breastfeeding Peer Helper on staff to help answer questions and provide assistance to all breastfeeding moms whether or not they are on the WIC program. Contact Heidi Myers, a certified lactation consultant, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by phone at 740-392-2200, Ext. 2283.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend that mothers breast feed their babies for the first 12 months and as long thereafter as is mutually desired.

The Top 10 Reasons to breastfeed your child

  • Easier for baby to digest than artificial milk
  • Strengthens baby’s immune system
  • Protects against SIDS
  • Baby develops a higher IQ
  • Stronger bond between mom & baby
  • Protects mom & baby against diabetes
  • Helps mom relax and helps prevent postpartum depression
  • Protects mom against breast cancer
  • Faster weight loss for mom
  • Saves family $1,250 a year

Some breastfeeding tips

Get an early start

Babies who are held skin-to-skin on their mother’s chest, right after birth, are more likely to breast feed easier. So, be sure to tell your doctor and the hospital nurses that you want to hold your baby for at least the first hour after the birth, skin-to-skin (baby naked, not wrapped in a blanket). That’s the best way to introduce your baby to the world.

Babies who experience skin-to-skin contact right after birth, also:

  • Are happier and less likely to cry
  • Have a better heart rate
  • Have better body temperature than under a warmer
  • Have better blood sugars
  • Burn less calories there than under a warmer

Nurse on demand

Nurse often, at least every two hours, and not on any strict schedule. This helps mom build a healthy milk  supply. As baby gets older he or she will settle into a more predictable routine.

Ask for help

See a breastfeeding counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

In Knox County, contact  

WIC Program - 740-392-2200

Heidi Myers,CLC  (Ext. 2283)

Lillian Collins, DTR, CLC (Ext. 2258)

Tami Ruhl, RD,LD, CLC  (Ext. 2257)

La Leche League of Mount Vernon

Sherri Penko  (740-393-1357)

Colette Hart (740-504-822)

Knox Community Hospital Birthing Center

Marti Durbin RN, IBCLC (740-504-1170)

Look for The Baby Station at local fairs, festivals and other public events. Sponsored by the Community Breastfeeding Network of Knox County, The Baby Station has a changing table and offers a quiet, private place to breastfeed babies.

WIC and Breastfeeding

Since a major goal of the WIC Program is to improve the nutritional status of infants, WIC mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants. WIC has historically promoted breastfeeding to all pregnant women as the optimal infant feeding choice, unless medically contraindicated.

  • WIC mothers choosing to breastfeed are provided information through counseling and breastfeeding educational materials.
  • Breastfeeding mothers receive follow-up support through peer counselors.
  • Breastfeeding mothers are eligible to participate in WIC longer than non-breastfeeding mothers.
  • Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their infants receive an enhanced food package.


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