Breastfeeding Support

Fayette County Health Department has Certified Lactation Counselors and Breastfeeding Peer Counselor on staff to assist you with your
breastfeeding choice. We are here to provide support and to answer your questions. We can also help prevent and solve breastfeeding problems.

A
Breastpump Distribution Program is available to WIC clients.


Certified Lactation Counselors (CLC)
Fayette County Health Department currently has two Certified Lactation counselors (CLC) on staff.

CLCs are specialists in lactation counseling who have successfully passed an examination based on identified work-place competencies.

The CLC credential signifies that the holder has demonstrated the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to provide breastfeeding counseling
and management support to families who are thinking about breastfeeding or who have questions or problems during the course of
breastfeeding/lactation. CLCs are dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation in their work to prevent
and solve breastfeeding problems.

There may be times when a mother may need extra one on one guidance with breastfeeding. Meeting with a lactation specialist may help to
relieve concerns and discomforts, as well as help establish proper nursing techniques.


What is a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor?
Breastfeeding peer counselors are moms who have breastfed and want to help other moms succeed in nursing their babies, too.

Breastfeeding peer counselors are everyday women who have breastfed and who want to help provide moms-to-be and new moms with
information and encouragement. They will answer your questions and share their own personal experiences, so that you, too, can have a
successful breastfeeding experience.

Breastfeeding peer counselors help new monthers who are beginning to breastfeed learn what to expect in the first days and weeks. They are
available during and after business hours to answer any questions or concerns new moms may have.
Peer Counselors are here to encourage and to educate-but more importantly-they are here to connect with new moms, like you, in a special way,
for a very good reason . . . to help you and your baby.

Breastfeeding peer counselors teach a class to help you learn more about breastfeeding and are also available to provide new mothers with
support and advice.

By having our peer counselors to talk and share with, new mothers become more confident and comfortable with learning to breastfeed.

Monday- Friday, 8:00am - 5:30 pm  Call: (618)-283-5037 or (618)-283-1044
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