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
s 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 Co
ordinator is Linda Hawkins, and our Breastfeeding
Peer Counselor is Cheryl Nielson.

and Cheryl are 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.     
From left to right:
Linda Hawkins, RN.......Breast Feeding Peer Coordinator
Cheryl Nielson.............Breast Feeding Peer Counselor