Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can give to your baby.


Why Breastfeed?

Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can give to your baby.

Every mom and baby are different, and your breastfeeding journey will be unique. While you'll be learning throughout your journey, the more you learn before your baby's birth, the better prepared you'll be.

Having support along the way can help make breastfeeding easier. Before your baby arrives, set breastfeeding goals. Talk to loved ones about how they can support you, and reach out to your WIC program. They can all help you on your journey.

The Allen County Health Department is lucky to have three Certified Lactation Counselors (CLC) to answer your breastfeeding questions.

Sign up for our breastfeeding class.


Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Information

Allen County Health Department is lucky to have a breastfeeding peer-counselor with 11 years of experience. Bethann Payne is happy to provide peer-to-peer support over the phone to the residents of Allen County. Check our events page to see when our next in-person peer support group will be held.


Benefits of Breastfeeding

Research suggest that breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of certain infections and diseases, including these:

  • ear infections
  • asthma
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • childhood obesity
  • type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • childhood leukemia
  • sudden unexpected infant death syndrome

There are many benefits for Mom too:

  • quicker recovery from childbirth
  • reduced risk of high blood pressure
  • reduced risk of certain breast and ovarian cancers
  • reduced risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • may help you lose weight after childbirth

Breastfeeding Support

Amy Meador, RDN, LD, CLC

Nutrition Services Supervisor
270-237-4423 Ext. 103

Alyssa Hammonds, RDN, LD, CLC

MNT Nutritionist
270-237-4423 Ext. 107

Chelsea Tabor, RDN, LD, CLC, LDE

MNT Nutritionist
270-237-4423 Ext. 108


CDC Breastfeeding Support

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WIC Breastfeeding Support

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Healthy Children

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Helpful Breastfeeding Videos

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Paced Bottle Feeding

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La Leche League International Support

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