Taney County Health Department Receives Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic Designation
August 20, 2021
Congratulations to the Taney County Health Department (TCHD) WIC Program which has been designated as a Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. TCHD is one of 52 WIC Clinics in the state to receive this distinction. Being a Breastfeeding Friendly clinic means that employers proactively support women who choose and continue to breastfeed their infants.
“Implementing the necessary steps to be a “Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic” is not easy,” states Wendy Faulkner, TCHD Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, “The WIC team works together to apply for this certification every year.”
Some of the criteria that must be met include:
- Having a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor on staff to provide support, counseling, and encouragement
- Having a breastfeeding expert on staff
- All WIC staff must be supportive and promote breastfeeding
- Offering breastfeeding classes and a mother support group
- Providing a private breastfeeding room
- No displays or advertising of infant formula
Infant formula is not routinely provided to breastfeeding infants during the first month. In addition to a certificate, the health department will receive additional funding to continue to provide breastfeeding education and support.
If you are a breastfeeding mother needing support or are pregnant and wanting information on breastfeeding, please call 417-334-4544 ext 318.
For more information contact the Taney County Health Department at 417-334-4544, visit our website at www.taneycohealth.org, or like our FaceBook, Instagram and Pinterest pages.
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