October 24, 2022
MCHD again hosting in-person breastfeeding support groups
MOBILE, Ala. — The Women, Infants & Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program at the Mobile County Health Department has brought back the in-person breastfeeding support group – The Lactation Circle. The series had been suspended during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“WIC is excited to be offering in-person breastfeeding support groups at our local libraries,” said Claris Perkins, the District Nutrition Director at MCHD. “This is the perfect way to gain breastfeeding support from other breastfeeding moms and have all your questions answered by our lactation consultant, Meridith Gardner.
“Meridith can help troubleshoot supply issues, latching problems, and talk through barriers to breastfeeding. This is a great support group if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.”
The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program provides support for breastfeeding women in Mobile County. The team is led by Gardner and staffed by peer counselors who encourage breastfeeding, address breastfeeding issues, and answer questions for those who choose to breastfeed.
The Lactation Circle groups are set to gather at these locations:
• West Regional Library (5555 Grelot Road in Mobile), November 4, 10 a.m. to noon.
• Parkway Branch Library (1924-B Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile), November 9, 10 a.m. to noon.
• Semmes Regional Library (9150 Moffett Road in Semmes), November 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
• Grand Bay Library (10329 Freeland Avenue in Grand Bay), November 17, 10 a.m. to noon.
“We would love to see you and your babies at one of our meetings,” Perkins said. “If you have any questions, please call Meridith at 251-690-8986.”
MCHD will continue to host support group meetings via the Zoom video platform for those unable to attend in person. These will be on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. The meeting ID is 931-7591-3799, while the passcode is 283163.
“Can’t join us in person? Catch us on our support zoom meetings instead,” Perkins said.