Helpful BREASTFEEDING websites:
Motherwear's Essential Breastfeeding Guide can be downloaded from the Breastfeeding Resources.
Breastfeeding Peer Counseling
The Marion County Health Department has a Breastfeeding Support Program. This program has
been designed to assist mothers or mothers-to-be with all the information they may need to
breast-feed successfully.

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor are everyday women who have breastfed and who want to help
provide moms-to-be and new moms with information and encouragement. Peer Counselors answer
your questions and share their own personal experiences so that you, too, can have a successful
breastfeeding experience. They also help moms-to-be and new mothers learn what to expect in the
first days and weeks.  Our Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is Linda Hawkins.

Linda is here to encourage and to educate -- but more importantly -- she is here to connect with new
moms, like you, in a special way, for a very good reason . . . to help you and your baby.  
Breastfeeding gatherings are available to help you receive information, support and advice about
breastfeeding. By having our Peer Counselor to talk and share with, new mothers become more
confident and comfortable with learning to breastfeed.

World Breastfeeding Month is held in August.  Pediatricians recommend exclusive breastfeeding
for six months and continuation till at least the end of the first year. The health department
sponsored two celebrations for this event.     
            Linda Hawkins, RN
Breast Feeding Peer Coordinator