Breastfeeding FactsBreastfeeding ClassesBreastfeeding Month

PROTECT, PROMOTE AND SUPPORT BREASTFEEDING:it is a vital, life-saving goal!


1.  To provide information about the MDGs and how they relate to breastfeeding and infant
and young feeding.

2.  To showcase the progress made so far and the keys gaps in breastfeeding.

3.  To call attention to the importance of stepping up actions to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding as a key intervention in the MDGs and in the post 2015 era.

4.  To simulate interest among young people of both genders to see the relevance of breastfeeding in today’s changing world..

Breastfeeding – A Winning Goal for Life!

We at SFCHC-WIC hosted a softball tournament at the Park Hills Sports Complex.  It was a wonderful way to bring the community together for the importance of breastfeeding/breast milk education for the public and for support of breastfeeding families.  The tournament that was  held raised $700.00 which will be donated to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center for a new cooler for their Milk Depot and Partnership with Indiana Mother’s Milk Bank.  This was a great time to educate the community about the health and financial benefits.

A softball tournament, “Batting 4 Babies!…and Breastmilk!” , aligns with the WBW 2014 theme and objectives.  Supporting breastfeeding is a “team” process and mothers will be more successful in reaching their breastfeeding goals and the support of family, friends, and the community.  This year’s theme recognizes that there can be many teams supporting breastfeeding, including WIC, healthcare clinics, birthing facilities, childcare providers, and employers.  All teams need to understand why breastfeeding is important and what their roles are in protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding.  The 2014 Missouri Breastfeeding Month theme, “Breastfeeding:  A Winning Goal – For Life!” celebrates the team effort needed to help mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals by making breastfeeding easier.

Top 10 Reasons to Breastfeed

10. Breastfeeding promotes bonding between mom and baby.

9. Nursing helps mom lose weight after baby is born.

8. Breast milk is always the right temperature.

7. Breast milk is always ready and requires no preparation or expense.

6. Breast milk provides perfect infant nutrition.

5. Breast milk is more digestible than formula.

4.  Breastfeeding decreases baby’s risk of developing ear infections.
milk contains immunities to disease and aids in the development of
baby’s immune system.

3.  Breast

2.  It’s what breasts were designed for.

1. Breastfeeding PAYS OFF!… Ask about our rewards for exclusive
reastfeeding WIC clients!!

Breastfeeding Counseling Available

    One-on-One time with our counselor which gives you the
opportunity to ask unanswered questions about your baby.
          A variety of methods are available to mothers and expectant
mothers for breastfeeding counseling sessions

    Use our office telephone “help line” for counseling
Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm at 573-431-1947, ext. 2 ask for breastfeeding assistance.  

 In case of a TRUE emergency please dial 911

Counseling is available through In-clinic visits from our staff

Counseling is available through in-home visits from our staff

Counseling is available through in-hospital visits from our staff

For more information, please contact a
breastfeeding Conselor @ 573.431.1947., ext. 2

Facts & Questions About Breastfeeding

“Breastfeeding-Keep it Simple”
by Amy Spangler

 How do I know if my baby is getting enough to eat?

    Some babies breastfeed every 1-3 hours day and night; others breastfeed every hour for three to five feedings then sleep for 3-4 hours in between.  Every baby is different.  Your baby needs to breastfeed at least 8 times in each 24 hours.  Many babies breastfeed 10-12 times a day.
    Baby is:  active, alert happy and satisfied after breastfeeding.
    Eating at least 8 times in each 24 hours suckling and swallowing while breastfeeding and gaining 4-8 ounces each week after the first week.

  Having four or more poops and six or more wet diapers a day by day 5.
  Having yellow poop by day 5 and clear or pale yellow urine.

If you see all these signs, you can be sure your baby is getting enough to eat.  If you are unsure, keep breastfeeding, and call your local WIC office.

 How often should I breastfeed?
    Breastfeed whenever your baby shows signs of hunger or thirst.
These signs include:
 Sucking on hands or fingers 
 Smacking lips

Breastfeeding Classes

Join us for a FREE breastfeeding class!
Learn about the benefits, barriers, preparation, and how others can help support breastfeeding.

                      Location:      St. Francois County Health Center
1025 W Main Street
Park Hills, MO 63601

                      When:     Tuesdays @ 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Fridays @ 10:00AM – 11:00AM
or by contacting the WIC office at 573.431.1947

The WIC Program does not discriminate.
here  for full discrimination statement

World Breastfeeding Week

Breastfeeding Helps Prevent Breast Cancer, Lowers Your Risk
Breastfeeding gives babies the best start in life

From Pam Stephan, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Lower Estrogen ExposureYou can
lower your risk of developing breast cancer by breastfeeding your baby. And if your baby
is a girl, her risk can also be reduced.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Pregnancy before age 30 and breastfeeding reduce a woman’s total number of lifetime menstrual
cycles,which is thought to be the reason they help lower your risk. The hormone estrogen fuels 80% of
all breast cancers. Since pregnancy and lactation reduce your estrogen levels, your risk is decreased
each timeyou are pregnant and while you are nursing your baby.

August is Missouri Breastfeeding Month

Breastfeeding rates in Missouri are on the rise, but the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is hoping more mothers will choose breastfeeding and breastfeed longer to give their babies the best start
in life.

The benefits of breastfeeding are emphasized during Missouri Breastfeeding Month, observed annually in August. In addition, Worldwide Breastfeeding Week is observed Aug. 1-7.

“Breastfeeding contributes to the good health of babies as well as their mothers,” said Sharmini Rogers, chief of the state health department’s Bureau of Genetics and Healthy Childhood. “It is one of the most important decisions a new mother can make.”

Just over 65 percent of babies in Missouri were breastfed at birth in 2004, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC’s national Healthy People 2010 breastfeeding goal is 75 percent at birth.

Research shows that breastfeeding promotes a baby’s good health from birth and throughout life. Breastfeeding helps facilitate the development of a baby’s brain as well as aid in the growth of the immune system to withstand such ailments as diarrhea, ear infections and infections of the respiratory and urinary tracts.

Breastfeeding also reduces a baby’s risk of environment-borne illnesses, food sensitization and allergies. In addition, babies who are breastfed exclusively for at least six months have a reduced risk of obesity later in life.

Mothers benefit as well. Breastfeeding reduces postpartum bleeding, helps the mother return to her pre-pregnancy weight sooner, boosts her immune system and even reduces a diabetic mother’s need for insulin. Women who breastfeed also have increased protection from breast and ovarian cancers and osteoporosis.

The percentage ofMissouri mothers choosing to breastfeed their newborns has steadily increased over the past few years; however, many women are still not breastfeeding their babies. While more mothers are initiating breastfeeding at birth, breastfeeding rates drop by more than half by the time a baby is 6 months old. In Missouri, 32.6 percent of infants were still being breastfed at 6 months of age in 2005.The CDC breastfeeding goal for 6-month-old babies is 50 percent.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for approximately
the first 6 months of life and continue to be breastfed – while food is being introduced – until
the baby is at least 1 year old

Breastfeeding help and information can be obtained by calling a
St. Francois County Health Center Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
Natasha Sullivan at 
our 24 hour helpline  314-471-8041.
You can also find more information by visiting this website.