Born to Breastfeed


Mother breastfeeding her newborn babyThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recognizes breastfeeding and human milk as the “normative standards for infant feeding”. Given the documented health benefits, the AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months, followed by continued breastfeeding for at least 12 months as complementary foods are introduced. 


It is recognized that a well established support system for breastfeeding mothers is critical to their success. Such support can be provided by trained health workers, lactation consultants, and community leaders. However, the most important support comes from families and friends of the breastfeeding mother.


The Breastfeeding Coalition of Calhoun County has implemented a two prong approach for increasing breastfeeding rates and longevity:


Social Media Campaign

Address unsupportive cultural norms, perceptions that breastfeeding is inferior to formula feeding, and lack of support from partners and family.



Provide information, support, and resources for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.


Online Resources


Breastfeeding benefits mother and baby. Breast milk benefits an infants’ health, growth, immunity, and development.


  • Breast-fed children are more resistant to disease and infection early in life.
  • Breast-fed children are less likely to contract a number of diseases later in life, including juvenile diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer before the age of 15.


Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop osteoporosis later in life, are able to lose weight gained during pregnancy more easily and have a lower risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer.




Sistah to Sistah Breastfeeding Support Group



May 30, 2019

June 27, 2019

July 25, 2019

August 29, 2019

September 26, 2019


5:45 – 6:45 pm


Willard Library (upstairs on main floor)


For more information or to register, contact Stephanie at 248.842.9109
or email:



Become a Breastfeeding Champion!

The Breastfeeding Coalition of Calhoun County invites you to join the Coalition! Work collaboratively with like-minded individuals to support and encourage breastfeeding in Calhoun County.


2019 Meeting Schedule

January 22
March 26
May 28
July 23
September 24
December 3

1:30 pm


Calhoun County WIC Office


For more information, contact the Regional Health Alliance:




The Big Latch On

Join us for our Breastfeeding Club for pregnant and breastfeeding women of color.The Big Latch On involves groups of breastfeeding women coming together at registered locations around the world to all 'latch on' (breastfeed) their child or children at a preset time. All the breastfeeding women and children are latched on for one minute at the preset time and are counted by the witnesses. Registered locations vary from private homes to local parks, from hospitals to businesses; the list of places that can host a Big Latch On is endless.


Breastfeeding women locally and around the world breastfeed their babies at the same time for one minute. Friends, family and community members join this celebration to promote and support breastfeeding.


The purpose of the Big Latch On is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding families by:

  • Providing support for communities to identify and grow opportunities to provide on-going breastfeeding support and promotion in local communities.
  • Raising awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available locally and globally.
  • Help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.
  • Modeling breastfeeding as normal part of day-to-day life at a local community level.
  • Increase support for women who breastfeed–women are supported by their partners, family and their communities.
  • Ensuring communities have the resources to advocate for coordinated appropriate and accessible breastfeeding support services.


Join us in Battle Creek to surpass the world record!

The Big Latch On will be on the first Saturday in August at the McCamly Park (located on Washington St. between Van Buren St. and Michigan Ave.) at 10:00am.


We look forward to seeing everyone there! For more information about the Big Latch On, go to or call 269-441-3467.


Sponsored by the Breastfeeding Coalition of Calhoun County



August 2018 – Big Latch On Photo Gallery




August 2017 – Big Latch On Photo Gallery



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Born to Sleep Safe

Born to Breastfeed

Born to Be Tobacco-free

Born to Be Fit

Born to Learn

Born to Read

Born to Be Resilient

Calhoun County Home Visiting Programs

The Period of PURPLE Crying

Fetal Infant Mortality Review

Infant Child
Lead Information




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Bronson Battle Creek Breastfeeding Class

Breastfeeding classes every other month 3rd Thursday from 6pm–9pm. It is FREE for Medicaid patients.

Click here to sign up!
1 (887) 462-2247
(269) 245-8586


Calhoun County Public Health Department
Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

WIC Program Facebook Page

WIC Breastfeeding Connections Facebook Page

(269) 969-6860

Nurse Family Partnership

(269) 969-6392



Visit their great website to help prepare for birth and the hospital.


Grace Health
(269) 441-3443
(Mon – Fri, 8a–5p)
(269) 965-8866


La Leche League Website


La Leche League Calhoun County


How to use your Medela breast pump (video)


Nottaweseppi Huron Band
of Potawatomi
Healthy Start Program

(269) 729-4422


Oaklawn Hospital
Birth Center

(269) 789-3929


Southern Michigan Doulas
Childbirth Education Boutique

(269) 781-9994






Community Partners