New mothers and their families need to know where in the community they can turn to when breastfeeding assistance is needed. In Stephenson County, several individual breastfeeding support experts throughout FHN & SCHD are available to help breastfeeding families.
We are individuals that understand the importance of supporting the mother/baby breastfeeding couple. Our group includes FHN and Stephenson County Health Department team members from several medical specialties, including:
Additional members with vested interested in supporting the breastfeeding mother and baby couple are welcome. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
Please call 815-599-6244 for additional information.
FHN Obstetrics Classes
Make sure to take advantage of our free prenatal, breastfeeding, and sibling classes.
Keep all of your child's medical information (and your info too!) at your fingertips with MyFHN. From health information, discharge instruction, and appointments to messaging your provider and refilling prescriptions. Instructions for signing up for MyFHN are available online.
Family Connects: Stephenson County offers at-home services for families who gave birth at FHN Memorial Hospital or SSM Health Monroe Clinic.
Healthy Families Stephenson County offers services for parents under 30.
Enjoy these handouts courtesy of the Stephenson County Health Department and Illinois Department of Human Services.
Your Baby Needs Your Milk, a breastfeeding guide from the IDHS
WIC (Women, Infants & Children) - services for those utilizing Illinois state insurance
Healthy Families Illinois Doula Program, a guide to area doula services
Breastfeeding Support Group
Bring your baby and join area moms for the FHN/SCHD Breastfeeding Support Group at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, at 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Share knowledge, build a support system, and gain up-to-date breastfeeding information.
La Lecha League and Kelly Mom can assist you with resources and breastfeeding help. La Leche League hold monthly meetings to provide mother-to-mother support. For questions, call Sarah 779-208-0176 or Mandy 815-621-3560.
Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes and Human Milk 4 Human Babies - Illinois provide a space where families in need can connect with women who have milk to share or moms who want to donate milk.
Breast Pumps & Insurance
Before making a breast pump and bottle purchase, check to see if it is covered under your insurance. Contact Lehan's Medical Equipment for local assistance - stop in to 1780 Rosenstiel Dr, Freeport, or call 815-599-1840. You can also check out these websites: Edge Park Breastpumps, Byram Healthcare, Neb Medical Services and Aeroflow Breast Pumps.
Learn how to choose the right nursing bra for you at Ask Dr Sears or locate hard to find sizes at reasonable prices at Mother Wear, Just My Size, Bravado Designs and Q-T Intimates by La Leche League.
Safer Products allows families to check for safety complaints about a product before buying. Healthcare providers, families, and others can also report product-related injuries to the CPSC.
Northern Illinois Breastfeeding Task Force is a local group of people who support breastfeeding. La Leche League also has a breastfeeding support group. 815 Mommas is an 815-area forum to ask questions or advice on anything from the best baby thermometer to who would you recommend for a babysitter. You can also see local events, get in touch with other moms/dads, set up a play dates, and more.
Track feedings, milk supply, sleep schedules, diaper changes, milestones, and more on apps like Glow Baby Growth Tracker and Milk Maid.
For information about the federal and Illinois laws that protect a mother and child's rights to breastfeed, visit Illinois State Breastfeeding Task Force and Illinois Department of Human Services.
The American Academy of Pediatrics dedicates their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of children. A wealth of general information can be found at healthychildren.org. Their Breastfeeding Policy Statement provides your pediatrician with the information to support you and your baby. Additional information and statistics about breastfeeding in America can be found at cdc.gov/breastfeeding.