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Welcome to the Kankakee County Health Department

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August is Illinois Breastfeeding Month

Breastfeeding is the expected and normal way to feed an infant and is the foundation for life-long health and wellness.

Seventy percent of moms in Illinois have breastfed their babies. Babies who are breastfed are more likely to be protected against respiratory and ear infections, asthma, allergies, childhood cancer, and obesity. hep

Did you know that breastfeeding creates a strong bond between a mom and her baby?

Did you also know that businesses are required to provide reasonable unpaid break-time to allow breastfeeding moms to pump at work?

Supporting breastfeeding supports healthy moms and babies and benefits society through lower health care costs.

    Breastfeeding Moms Know Their Babies are the Healthiest!

    • Breastfeeding is the expected and normal way to feed your baby
    • Breast milk contains important nutrients that your baby needs for a strong immune system
    • Breast milk also protects your baby from many diseases and allergies

    Mom knows breastfeeding is healthiest for her too!

    • Breastfeeding can help you lose weight after delivery
    • Breastfeeding can protect you against breast and ovarian cancer, postpartum depression, and Type 2 diabetes
    • By breastfeeding, you and your baby will create a strong bond with each other

    Breastfeeding Moms Care About the Environment!

    • Breast milk needs no processing or packaging
    • Breast milk requires no preparation and produces no waste or pollution.
    • Breastfeeding has no negative impact on the environment

    Helpful Resources

    Provena St. Mary's - 815-935-BABY
    Riverside Medical Center - 815-935-7511
    LaLeche League - 815-274-0395, 815-260-6983, or 815-715-7219
    The National Women’s Health Information Center http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/
    Le Leche League http://www.llli.org/nb.html
    WIC Health www.wichealth.org
    Choose MyPlate www.choosemyplate.gov
    World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action http://www.waba.org.my/
    Click here for the WABA Action Folder 2011

Our Mission:

The Kankakee County Health Department believes that it is the right of all citizens to have access to a broad continuum of community-based services that protect, maintain and promote the bio-psycho-social health and well-being of the community, and provide a safe and healthy environment.

The department continually assesses the health needs and resources available, promotes development of appropriate needed programs and assures that quality services are acceptable, available, accessible and accountable. These services are delivered in a manner that respects individual and community dignity, values and rights as well as established federal, state and local standards.

Adopted March 6, 1995

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