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Breastfeeding

Jan Johnson, RD, LD, IBCLC
Regional Breastfeeding Promotion Coordinator
606.509.5590
JanE.Johnson@ky.gov

Breastfeeding is a normal, natural part of life. Breastfeeding helps to protect babies from illnesses like ear infections and diarrhea, as well as helps reduce their risk of long term health problems like diabetes and even cancer. Breastfeeding is good for moms, too. It helps stop postpartum bleeding, shrinks the uterus back to its normal size faster and can help mom lose the baby weight.

Even though breastfeeding is natural, many moms and babies need support along the way and the Pike County Health Department is happy to help.

Lactation Consults
Lactation counseling is provided through the clinic by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Lactation consults are beneficial to help correct positioning and latch problems, assess infant intake and address poor infant weight gain. To schedule an appointment call Jan Johnson.

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Breastfeeding Classes
Like with any new adventure in life it helps to know what to expect. To help families know what to expect with breastfeeding the Pike County Health Department teaches a breastfeeding class as part of Pikeville Medical Center’s Childbirth Education Classes.

Expecting parents can sign up for Childbirth Classes at www.pikevillehospital.org(external link). Breastfeeding classes are also hosted through the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program several times per year at the health department’s Pikeville office and at Williamson ARH. Call 606.509.5590 for class dates and times. All classes are free.

WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program
The WIC Program understands that sometimes no amount of training can replace real life experience. That can be especially true for the experience of motherhood. Our peer counselors have participated on WIC themselves, have breastfed their own babies and have been trained to provide basic breastfeeding support. They are available to help women on the Pike County WIC Program learn about breastfeeding, get started with breastfeeding and help moms through problems that may come up along the way. Peer counselors can talk with moms over the phone, by email, text message, meet moms in clinic and even visit moms at home or visit in the hospital to help baby get latched on well. This program is about moms helping moms.

Breast Pumps
Breast pumps are not needed by all breastfeeding moms, but are necessary in some cases and the WIC Program is able to provide quality breast pumps the breastfeeding women participating in the Pike County WIC Program. WIC can provide three types of pumps depending on the situation.

Manual Pumps

  • Meant for occasional use
  • Can be provided to any WIC breastfeeding mom

Double Electric Pumps

  • Useful when mom needs to pump 2-4 times daily
  • WIC breastfeeding moms must be returning to school or work to qualify for one
  • Cannot be issued until baby is 2 weeks old

Hospital Grade Pumps

  • Meant for full time use when baby cannot nurse at the breast at all due to separation from mother or medical inability to latch onto the breast
  • Can be issued as soon as needed
  • These pumps are loaned to WIC mothers and must be returned

Professional Education
Thanks to grant funding through the Kentucky WIC Program breastfeeding training sessions can be provided to nursing schools, medical schools, physician offices and hospitals throughout eastern Kentucky by Regional Breastfeeding Promotion Coordinator, Jan Johnson, RD, LD, IBCLC. Jan can also link healthcare providers to resources their patients may need.

Breastfeeding Warm Line
From questions like “Is this medication safe during breastfeeding?” to “My baby is so gassy! What can I do?” The Pike County Health Department is happy to help moms get through challenges by phone or email. Jan Johnson’s contact information is listed above. If she is not immediately available she will return your call or email as soon as possible.

For more information about breastfeeding and available resources visit the Kentucky Breastfeeding Website at www.kybreastfeeding.com(external link).