The Breastfeeding Program is overseen by the Wanblee/Martin public Health nurse . Currently only 25% of women on the Rez breastfeed. Because of this low number and the tremendous benefits for women and their babies, reservations have accepted the breastfeeding initiative set forth by First Lady, Michelle Obama.
Not all women are able to breastfeed, but for those who can breastfeeding is offered as the first option. This program provides lactation education and counseling to women every 3 months during their pregnancy so they are ready to start right after delivery. The program also provides items that aid women in breastfeeding and are given to them at the 2 week postpartum home visit. Any problems women may have with breastfeeding are addressed at this time and the nurse will be their future contact person if additional assistance is needed.
- Nursing pads, home sewn or purchased with small carrying bag
- Nursing pillow (Boppy)
- bottle brushes
- nursing cover
- slings, moby wraps