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'Nursing Mothers' Nook' at Lake Co Fair

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St. Mary Medical Center and the Northwest Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition say they're sponsoring a “Nursing Mothers’ Nook” at the Lake County Fair to offer a cool, comfortable and private place for nursing moms and as part of a larger community initiative to encourage breastfeeding of infants during their first year of age. Staff from coalition member organizations will be present each day including International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and Certified Lactation Counselors. The “Nook” will be in the southeast corner of the 4-H Building. The Lake County Fair begins this Friday.
In support of the Northwest Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition, St. Mary Medical Center recently sponsored the opening of a Lactation Station at the Hobart Chamber of Commerce building, located at 1001 Lillian Street in Hobart. The station is staffed with a certified lactation consultant and/or counselor and is open to nursing mothers from 1:30 – 3 pm on the first and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Pregnant and nursing moms can just drop-in, no appointments are necessary.
Funds to support the development of the Northwest Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition, the Nursing Mothers’ Nook and the Lactation Station are made available through a grant awarded to St. Mary Medical Center and 12 other agencies throughout the state earlier this year. The grant was made available from the Centers for Disease Control and the Indiana Perinatal Network for the purpose of promoting community support of breastfeeding and improving access to breastfeeding assistance beyond hospital discharge.
The Northwest Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition is currently seeking local organizations, businesses, and individuals to become members. For more information about the Northwest Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition, or about related Perinatal class offerings at St. Mary Medical Center call 219-947-6084 or visit www.comhs.org .
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