HAMILTON — The Madison County Healthy Start Partnership will offer Breastfeeding Connections, a baby weigh station, at Hamilton Public Library on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The new location in Hamilton will compliment Breastfeeding Connections at Oneida Healthcare in Oneida and St. Joseph’s Physicians Primary Care in Cazenovia. It will give families in the greater Hamilton area better access to and a shorter distance to travel for this type of service.
The Healthy Start Partnership is a network of health and human service providers who work to promote breastfeeding. In addition to sponsoring all of the Breastfeeding Connections baby weigh stations, the partnership sponsors a World Breastfeeding Week celebration each August, and has worked with five OB and family health care provider offices to become Breastfeeding Friendly Practices.
A special kick-off event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Community Room of Hamilton Public Library. New and expectant parents can enjoy a comfortable space to get professional breastfeeding support and feeding advice, check their baby’s weight, connect to community resources, and enjoy a light lunch.
The idea is for moms to simply drop in to talk with other moms or get their questions answered by Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs) from Community Action Partnership’s Healthy Families and a WIC peer counselor. Moms should feel free to bring their support person, so they can experience the benefits too. Everyone is welcome to attend the kick-off event to see what is offered.
Dr. Jennifer Meyers of Community Memorial Hospital’s Family Health Center in Hamilton, will make a special presentation just after 12:30 p.m. The event will end with a door prize drawing at 1 p.m.
“The benefits of breastfeeding are priceless. The support from family, friends, co-workers, healthcare providers, and the community makes all the difference in a mother’s decision to start and continue to breastfeed,” said Molly Limbert, Public Health Nurse and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant with Madison County Health Department.
For more information on the kick-off event or the Hamilton Breastfeeding Connections baby weigh station, call or text Olivia with Community Action Partnership’s Healthy Families Program at 315-877-1155.