Breastfeeding clinics are being offered along with breastfeeding classes! Please call to set up a time with a CLC for a breastfeeding assessment, education, and support. To register for a breastfeeding class please call to register:
Platte County Public Health, 322-2540. Our next breastfeeding class is set for May 11th @ 5:30pm, location TBD. With all masking and social distancing requirements being observed, class location will depend on number registered. FUTURE DADS WELCOME!
Public Health Nursing
Home Visiting Programs:
Partnership for a Healthy Baby Curriculum
from Florida State University
MECSH (Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting)
Evidence-based program for families
Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness
SIDS Postpartum Depression Infant Mortality
Other free resources for moms and babies:
Tobacco Use in Pregnancy Pregnancy Complications
Teen Pregnancy Alcohol Use in Pregnancy
Children's Special Health
Children's Special Health is a program of the Wyoming Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Division. This program is based on income and the number of members in a family. Eligible families receive:
Families with private insurance may qualify for CSH coverage if they meet income and diagnosis criteria. In addition to care coordination services by a public health registered nurse, CSH may assist in paying the cost of specialty care your insurance may not cover.
To see if your family qualifies, an application must be completed, you must meet the income guidelines, and your child must be receiving specialty services from providers who participate in the CSH program. Platte County Public Health can provide you with the application and information you need to check your eligibility. Eligibility is determined at the state office of CSH in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Contact us to visit with our CSH nurse for more information!
You can also visit: Wyoming Health Department for more information.
The Wyoming family to family site provides information on improving the health of families and children with special health care needs.
From the CDC..."Each year, preterm birth affects nearly 500,000 babies--that's 1 of every 8 infants born in the United States. Preterm birth is the birth of an infant prior to 37 weeks gestation. It is the most frequent cause of infant death, the leading cause of long-term neurological disabilities in children, and costs the U.S. health care system more than $26 billion each year." Learn more about preterm birth
Also visit the March of Dimes for more information on premature births in the U.S.
Breastfeeding Education and Support
- Breastfeeding isn't just best, it's normal. Breasmilk is the best and only living, dynamic fluid for your baby. Nothing compares to breastmilk, but many formula manufacturing companies want you to think their stuff is "just like breastmilk" or compares to breastmilk. There is no drink nor food that comes close to the complicated, intricate and mysterious make-up of breastmilk.
Many more women in the U.S. are choosing to breastfeed their babies. We have come a long way in providing better support and education to breastfeeding dyads, but we still have a lot of work to do to see the full benefits that breastfeeding and breastmilk can provide for the American culture.
A successful breastfeeding experience can be attributed to many factors. No mom/baby dyad is the same. Each one is unique and must be looked at with a fresh perspective. It can seem like everyone has a breastfeeding story...good and bad. The opinions of others can make you doubt the best choice for your baby. However, the right choice is rarely ever the easy one.
Our goal is to encourage moms who choose breastfeeding to be successful through education and support. Any amount of time you breastfeed your baby will be a benefit to both you and your newborn. However, the recommended time for the best outcome is 6 months exclusive breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding up to 12 months or longer. So what does exclusive mean?
AAP: Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk
Check out this link regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics stand on exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life: