Research has shown that there is no better food than breast milk for a baby’s first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, economical and emotional benefits to mother and baby. The Kankakee County Health Department encourages breastfeeding, and supports pregnant women and new mothers in their choice to breastfeed.
Benefits of breastfeeding:
Benefits of Breastfeeding for mothers:
Preparing for baby
Pumping is a great option for many mothers.
By law, health insurance companies are required to provide breast pumps to breastfeeding mothers covered under their plans. In order to plan most effectively for your breastfeeding experience, contact the customer service phone number listed on your insurance card no later than the third trimester of your pregnancy to ensure your breast pump is available to you upon delivery.
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The Kankakee County Health Department provide Breastfeeding Classes and Personal Consultation (815) 802-9400
Presence St Mary's Hospital (815) 935-2229 (BABY)
Riverside Medical Center (815) 935-7511
LaLeche (815) 274-0395 or (815) 260-6983
Accommodations available upon request. Please contact 815-802-9400 Option 3 for more information.