Campbell County Health is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7!
According to the
World Alliance for Breastfeeding, “In a world filled with inequality, crisis and poverty, breastfeeding
is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. Breastfeeding
prevents hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, and ensures food security
for babies, even in times of crisis. With no additional burden on household
income, breastfeeding is a low-cost way of feeding babies and contributes
to poverty reduction.” Learn more about this week on the
WABA Facebook page.
Check out some information on the variety of breastfeeding services available
to families at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital
Maternal Child Department and in the Campbell County, Wyoming community. Regardless of where a mom
and family are in their breastfeeding journey, the CCMH Maternal Child
department has 15 nurses who are certified lactation counselors available
24/7, 365 days a year to help you get the best start or to keep going.
Give them a call at 307.688.2200 to see how they can help you. Learn more at
CCMH Breastfeeding, Best Start
Getting off to the best breastfeeding start usually takes time. It takes
babies three weeks to learn how to breastfeed so make sure you are patient
with yourself and allow the learning and growth to happen together. Skin
to skin contact is a great best start to breastfeeding. Leaving the hospital
with the knowledge and comfort of a good latch and one position will help
CCMH Breastfeeding Classes
Breastfeeding is supposed to be a natural maternal instinct but that doesn’t
mean you will get the perfect latch or the right position out of the chute.
That’s why it is beneficial for first time and repeat moms to attend
one of our free
breastfeeding classes. Classes are held every third Wednesday of each month from 7-9 pm at Campbell
County Memorial Hospital, 501 S. Burma Avenue. Classes assist with developing
a breastfeeding plan, what to expect in the first minutes, hours, days
and weeks, strategies for pumping and returning to work and more. Learn more at
CCMH Milk Bank
Overall gut health is becoming more and more prevalent and research has
shown that adult gut health starts as an infant. Breastmilk provides enzymes
and nutrition that are difficult to get with formula. Campbell County
Memorial Hospital believes in the importance of what breastmilk provides
so we offer pasteurized donor milk for any newborn that needs supplementation
and particularly preemies at no charge. CCMH is also a human breastmilk
donor site. Anyone producing milk and is in generally good health can
complete the screening process and become a donor. Visit
www.cchwyo.org/milkbank for more information.
Having a newborn in the NICU can be stressful and overwhelming. Figuring
how to breastfeed or provide the best nutritional support for your newborn
is usually a big concern for new moms. The Maternal Child nurses have
a variety of ways to support you during this process including pumping
tips, donor breastmilk options and support during the transition from
tube feedings, to bottles to the breast before you go home.
CCH Home Medical Resources: Breast pumps
Campbell County Health
Home Medical Resources is the only Medela breast pump provider in town with the hands-on and
first-hand breast pump experience. They carry Wyoming Medicaid and insurance-friendly
breast pumps along with all the supplies you will need to be successful.
It is important that you have a pumping plan developed even before you
deliver; including insurance coverage verification and getting a physician
order. You can visit with the staff at Home Medical Resources at 901 W.
Second Street—across from the Rockpile Museum. Or call 307.688.6260.
Learn more at
Campbell County Public Health Breastfeeding Options
Once you have gone home from the hospital you can get breastfeeding support
and help through
Campbell County Public Health, 2301 S. 4-J Road, in Gillette, Wyoming. They offer free support over
the phone, at the clinic or in the comfort of your own home. Their nurses
and certified lactation counselors want you to be successful at breastfeeding
long after the newborn smell wears off. Give them a call at 307.682.7275
to see how they can help you. Learn more about Campbell County Public
La Leche League in Gillette, Wyoming
Campbell County’s La Leche League leader Amanda encourages pregnant
moms to visit the La Leche League meetings to get tips and tricks for
breastfeeding prior to birth and then to participate and continue to get
support from other nursing moms during the entire breastfeeding period.
La Leche League meets at Frist United Methodist Church, 2000 W. Lakeway
Road on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6 pm. Amanda can be reached
via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the La Legche League on
Wyoming WIC Program
Wyoming Department of Health WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program offers a large variety of nutrition
resources for income-eligible who are pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum
and along with infants and children up to five years old. Breastfeeding
education and support is a no-cost way to feed your infant and while providing
the best nutrition possible at the same time. Certified lactation counselors
and breastfeeding peer counselors are available to help any family be
successful with breastfeeding. WIC is located in the Campbell County Public
Health building, 2301 S. 4-J Road, and can be reached at 307.686.8560.
Learn more about the Wyoming WIC Program on