Health Department Encourages Breastfeeding

With the current health crisis, the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County understands this is a stressful time for everyone, including mothers who are breastfeeding. Breast milk provides protection against many illnesses and is the best source of nutrition for most infants.  

The promotion and support of breastfeeding is often a key element in a mother’s breastfeeding success. With the right support and encouragement, breastfeeding education among families can often aid in meeting and/or surpassing their breastfeeding goals. 

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County would like to reassure mothers that breastfeeding can be initiated and maintained during the pandemic.  It is important to follow guidelines and recommendations of the health department, pediatricians and breastfeeding consultants which may depend on your current health and situation during this viral pandemic.  Both the Healthy Start Program and the WIC Program have breastfeeding assistance and information available.  

Call (305) 293-7500 for more information.

Angelica Mendaros (second mother pictured from left) IBCLC (International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners Certified) is new to the Lower Keys Medical Center Labor and Delivery Unit.  Mendaros started at WIC as a breastfeeding peer counselor, earned her IBCLC credentials and continues to promote, support, and protect breastfeeding families in Monroe County.

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