The 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.
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.
Grace Health Born to Breastfeed with “Breastfeeding Essentials"
Friday, February 9, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Grace Health OB/GYN
181 W. Emmett St. (corner of Grant St. & Emmett St.)
Battle Creek, MI 49037
- Free to attend
- Open to public
- For pregnant and breastfeeding moms
- Receive a free gift for attending!
To register call: 269-441-3467
Sistah to Sistah Breastfeeding Support Group
December 27, 2017
January 31, 2018
February 28, 2018
5:00pm to 6:30pm
To register call: 248-842-9109
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.
2018 Meeting Schedule
June 5 – Retreat – Time 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Location TBD
June 26 – Planning Meeting
Calhoun County WIC Office
For more information, contact the Regional Health Alliance:
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 www.biglatchon.org or call 269-441-3467.
Sponsored by the Breastfeeding Coalition of Calhoun County
August 2017 – Big Latch On Photo Gallery
August 2016 – Big Latch On Photo Gallery
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
Calhoun County Public Health Department
Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
Visit their great website to help prepare for birth and the hospital.
(Mon – Fri, 8a–5p)
Nottaweseppi Huron Band
Healthy Start Program
Southern Michigan Doulas
Childbirth Education Boutique