Clinical & Other Direct Services
The Health Department provides a variety of support for breastfeeding mothers.
Learn about the benefits of breastfeeding, for both babies and mothers.
Breastfeeding support is provided through the Health Department by dietitians and nurses, lactation consultants, lactation counselors and peer counselors through breastfeeding classes, weight checks and WIC services (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children). A breast pump loaner program is available, upon approval, for WIC moms with documented medical necessity.
Breastfeeding peer counseling
Peer counselors provide basic information about breastfeeding during pregnancy and after delivery to women participating in the WIC program. They are trained to help you get off to a good start with breastfeeding and assist you with meeting your breastfeeding goals. The peer counselors are all moms who have successfully breastfed and have participated in WIC. They provide support anytime a new mother needs it.
For more information, please contact Nancy Merk (Nancy.Merk@nkyhealth.org) or call 859-363-2113.
Returning to work
Women can continue to breastfeed when returning to work. It just requires a little forethought and planning. Be sure to check with your health insurance to see if you qualify for a breast pump under the Affordable Care Act.
Break time for working mothers
Federal law protects breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. Nursing mothers who work for a company with more than 50 employees are entitled to reasonable break time to express milk (can be unpaid), and employers must create or designate a lactation area–other than a bathroom–that is private.
Kentucky law protects public breastfeeding. The law prevents breastfeeding in public from being considered an act of public indecency. It also forbids any city or person from restricting a mother from breastfeeding in a location where she is otherwise allowed to be.