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BISMARCK, N.D. – Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health is currently in year two of a five yeargrant awarded by the North Dakota Department of Health with the overall objective to raisebreastfeeding rates for infants at six months of age in Bismarck and Burleigh County. Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health has certified lactation counselors available to assist with communitywideefforts for increasing breastfeeding rates. New mothers often face obstacles when it comesto breastfeeding such as: lack of support with breastfeeding, going back to work and perceptionof milk supply.
“We are really excited to offer this service to residents of Bismarck and Burleigh county as wevalue our role in public health promotion, prevention, and protection,” said Theresa Schmidt,Nurse Manager. “We will provide education to new mothers on milk supply, latching, anddifferent approaches to breastfeeding and lactation. We want to provide a calm and relaxedapproach to lactation support and we will work with moms to help them reach their individuallactation or breastfeeding goals,” said Jessica L., registered nurse, certified lactation counselor,MSN.
Certified lactation counselors are available Monday through Friday at Bismarck-Burleigh PublicHealth for anyone that has questions related to breastfeeding or lactation. There will be a weeklyclinic on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at no cost. The lactation clinic is open to anyone that isseeking assistance with breastfeeding or lactation. It is preferred to call ahead and schedule anappointment, but walk-ins are welcome too.
Anyone seeking information about breastfeeding or lactation is encouraged to call Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, 701-355-1540 or stop in at our office, 500 E. Front Avenue, inBismarck. Find us online at www.bismarcknd.gov/publichealth or on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/BBPH.gov/.