Born to Breastfeed


Mother breastfeeding her newborn baby

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recognizes breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for your baby for about 6 months. Breastfeeding can be continued for as long as mother and baby desire it. 


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 support groups. However, the most important support comes from families and friends of the breastfeeding mother.


Breastfeeding – When to reach out for help

  • You want breastfeeding support at home
  • You have painful breasts or nipples
  • Your doctor is concerned about baby’s weight gain
  • You have concerns about continuing to breastfeed when you go back to work
  • You wonder if your baby’s feeding patterns and behaviors are normal

(source: Kalamazoo Breastfeeding Coalition)


Breast milk benefits an infant’s 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 few 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, can lose weight gained during pregnancy more easily and have a lower risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer. 



Online Resources




Milk Like Mine


A Breastfeeding Coalition with Lactation Support for African American Mothers & Families

For more information and updated meeting dates/times go to:
Milk Like Mine Facebook group
Milk Like Mine website


Contact Stephanie at 248.842.9109 or email: with any questions.



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.


2020 Meeting Schedule

  • January 28
  • March 24
  • May 26
  • July 28
  • September 22
  • December 1

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 2019 – Big Latch On Photo Gallery



August 2018 – Big Latch On Photo Gallery




August 2017 – Big Latch On Photo Gallery



We’re here for you


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




Find us on Facebook!


Breastfeeding Coalition of Calhoun County

Breastfeeding Resource Guide


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

(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


How to use your Medela breast pump (video)


How to use your Spectra Breast Pump (video)


Infant Risk Center
(806) 352-2519


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


What to Expect

Breastfeeding and the First Year




Community Partners