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Healthy Babies/Breastfeeding

Babies Are Born To Be Breastfed!   

Hi! Welcome to Breastfeeding Monroe, a one stop breastfeeding informational site for mothers and families in Monroe County, Michigan.  

This website is provided to you as a resource for breastfeeding information. Please feel free to browse around and contact us if you have any questions or suggestions for improving our site. 

Scroll to the bottom of this page for all the latest news from the Monroe Breastfeeding Collaborative.  Thanks for stopping by!





Breastfeeding is recognized worldwide by scientific and medical organizations as a means to improve infant nutrition and maternal health, promote child development, and reduce health disparities.  During the month of August, breastfeeding awareness and support is highlighted in communities throughout Michigan.  Research shows that when mothers get breastfeeding help from lactation consultants and peer counselors and receive support from family, friends, and employers, they resolve questions and problems quicker and become more satisfied with their breastfeeding experience.  With new lines of communication being created every day, we have the ability to help families use these information channels to broaden support and spread breastfeeding information.  Check out our webpage or contact us if you would like more information on breastfeeding and breastfeeding support in our community.

Does your health insurance offer reimbursement for breast pumps?

Many health insurance plans are aware of the numerous health benefits of breastfeeding and therefore may cover certain breastfeeding-related expenses.  For example this may include: lactation consultant services, breast pump rental/purchase and other costs.  Coverage for breastfeeding-related expenses will vary widely among different health insurance plans.  Click here to read more information: www.medela.com  

Breastfeeding and Health Care Reform

Women now make up nearly half of the US workforce, and many of those women are mothers too.  Section 4207 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Health Care Reform), includes some provisions for breastfeeding mothers.  The new law enforces employers to allow "reasonable" breaks for working mothers to express breast milk during the day, until the child reaches one year old.  The law also requires employers to provide some space "other than a bathroom" for mothers to express milk.  It is hoped that this will encourage more mothers to breastfeed their babies - and improve staff moral, improve job productivity, reduce health care costs, and decrease employee turnover rates.  Read more here: www.usbreastfeeding.org

Attention Pregnant WIC Moms!

Is everyone asking you how you are going to feed your baby?  Are you getting mixed messages from friends, family, nurses and doctors about how you should feed your baby? Do you have any questions about what will work best for you and your baby?  

The Monroe County WIC program has three FREE breastfeeding classes available for pregnant women who are on WIC.  Even if it is not your first baby!!  These classes offer the most current information about feeding your baby, and provide you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about infant feeding.  Breastfeeding professionals within the community are there to introduce themselves and their FREE services.  You can also get information on how you may qualify to borrow or receive a breast pump FREE of charge.   

Please contact your local WIC office at 734-240-7905 if you are interested in participating, and you have not been offered this FREE class yet. 

Meijer offers FREE prescribed prenatal vitamins!

Retail giant Meijer Inc. is offering free prenatal vitamins to soon-to-be moms. Women who are pregnant or are planning to have children can qualify for the program. All they need is a doctor's prescription.

The free prenatal vitamins program kicked off in all 181 Meijer pharmacies on Saturday, May 31, 2008.

"Just as our free antibiotic program was designed to help our customers get healthy during these tough economic times, offering free prenatal vitamins will help our customers stay healthy during a very important time in their lives," said Nat Love, vice-president of pharmacy for the Walker-based retailer.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement - In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by the USDA.  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.  To file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-30127) found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) Email:  program.intake@usda.gov.  This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

Disclaimer - The Monroe County Breastfeeding Collaborative is administered through the Monroe County WIC Program.  WIC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  The views/businesses mentioned on the website are not necessarily endorsed by Monroe County government.  

Legal Disclaimer Regarding Online Lactation Assistance - The assistance that you receive via our website is not meant as a substitute for professional guidance from your local health care professional. Please seek help from your local health care professional or IBCLC (1 800 TELL YOU or email to ILCA@erols.com for a local referral to an IBCLC in your area) if you are experiencing problems with breastfeeding or if you have continuing concerns. You will also find local breastfeeding professionals from our Community Breastfeeding Resource page link.  Information given can not be construed as medical advice. Please check with your health care provider when making decisions concerning lactation that may impact the health and well-being of you and/or your breastfeeding child. If you are concerned about your breastfeeding situation, or about your health or the health of your child, please call your health care provider immediately.