North Country Family Health Center’s (NCFHC) Lewis County’s Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) Carthage breastfeeding group will celebrate its first year anniversary on April 3, 2019. The Lewis County WIC Program partnered with Carthage Area Hospital to offer a Carthage area breastfeeding support group for families. The support group is held from 11:00 a.m. – 12noon the first Wednesday of each month at Carthage Area Hospital’s Professional Building, 3 Bridge Street, Carthage.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding through the first year of a child’s life. “While breastfeeding is a natural way to feed babies, it can present many challenges,” states Kelli Lawrence, Lewis County, WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. “Our breastfeeding groups help both second or third time mothers as well as new mothers with questions like – Is my baby getting enough to eat? Is my baby latching correctly? How long is long enough to feed?” The breastfeeding group also provides support to mothers through education, socialization, and confidence building with other like-minded mothers.
In addition to the newest breastfeeding group in Carthage the North Country Family Health Center’s WIC breastfeeding peer counselors offer three other area breastfeeding groups for families. The Flower Memorial Library in Watertown hosts a WIC breastfeeding group each Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. – 12noon; Fort Drum is host to a WIC breastfeeding group Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 12noon at the Adirondack Creek Community Center; and Lewis County Hospital in Lowville is host to a group the second Wednesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 12noon.
“Breastfeeding is the best start you can give your baby,” continues Ms. Lawrence. “We are so fortunate to have certified lactation counselors and breastfeeding peer counselors in our WIC Program to help moms meet their breastfeeding goals – whether it is 3 months or 12 months we work with each mom and offer support and guidance along her journey.”
Families interested in the breastfeeding groups may call or text the Jefferson County WIC Breastfeeding Program at (315) 836-6341 or the Lewis County Breastfeeding Program at (315) 804-1723. Additional information can also be found on North Country Family Health Center’s website at www.nocofamilyhealth.org under the WIC tab.