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Ask a public health nurse

Public Health nurses work with community members of all ages. Topics they specialize in include immunizations, healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, early childhood, parenting, aging and emergency preparedness. In this column, they’ll answer your questions. 

Q: What are some tips to overcome breastfeeding challenges?

A: The number one tip would be to access professional breastfeeding support. Lactation consultants are often available through clinics, hospitals and WIC, and are generally covered by insurance. Even if the issue seems minor, it’s worth getting support early on. Peer support, such as La Leche League groups or the WIC Peer Breastfeeding Counselors, can be a wonderful source of encouragement and problem solving. For concerns about breast milk production, remember that frequent expression of milk is the main drive of milk production. An effective way to do this is to look for signs the baby is hungry—it may be frequent in the early months. For more information, call Public Health at 952-563-8900.