Embrace the Journey of Motherhood with Ionia County Health Department!

At Ionia County Health Department, we understand that every breastfeeding journey is unique, and we're here to support you every step of the way. Our commitment goes beyond traditional classes – we offer personalized breastfeeding classes specifically designed for WIC moms. Our goal is to meet you where you are, creating a judgment-free zone where you can embrace the joy of breastfeeding.

Services Tailored for You:

  • Personalized Breastfeeding Classes for WIC Moms:
    Step into a supportive environment where our classes focus on overcoming barriers to breastfeeding, addressing concerns like tender nipples, latch difficulties, and optimal positioning for both you and your baby. Our no-judgment zone ensures that you receive personalized guidance and support.
  • Expert Guidance and Peer Support:
    Meet our expert nurse, Laurie, BSN, RN, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), and our Peer Support counselor, Haley. They are specially trained to assist mothers preparing for breastfeeding, answering questions, resolving issues, and helping you achieve your unique breastfeeding goals.

Contact Us:

For assistance or more information, reach out to Laurie IBCLC or Haley PC at the Ionia County Health Department:

Phone: 616-527-5341

24/7 Breastfeeding Help Line: 616-522-7878

Empowering Health through Breastfeeding:
In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics declared breastfeeding a public health issue, emphasizing its importance beyond lifestyle choice. Choosing to breastfeed is a powerful step towards your baby's well-being. Exclusive breastfeeding enhances survival rates, and starting within the first hour after birth can significantly reduce the risk of newborn death. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about the first six months of a baby's life. After that, they suggest continuing breastfeeding while gradually introducing solid foods until at least 12 months, and longer if both the mother and baby are willing.

Woman, Infants, & Children (WIC)

Phone:
(616) 527-5337
WIC Bridge Card (EBT) Customer Service:
1-888-678-8914

Fax:
(616) 527-8208

Hours:
Mon – Fri: 8:00am – 4:00pm

WIC Late Clinics:
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10am – 5:30pm