The Health Department provides a variety of support for breastfeeding mothers.

Learn about the benefits of breastfeeding, for both babies and mothers

Breastfeeding peer counseling

Breastfeeding peer counselors can assist mothers enrolled in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) nutrition supplement program who plan to breastfeed. The peer counselors are all moms who have breastfed successfully and have participated in WIC. Peer counselors provide support anytime a new mother needs it. For more information, please contact Nancy Merk or call 859-363-2113.

Returning to work

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly known as health care reform), federal law protects breastfeeding mothers. 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. Health insurance plans may also cover breastfeeding supplies and support services.

Public breastfeeding

Kentucky law guarantees that cities, counties and public places don’t ban 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.

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