Breastfeeding

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breast feeding is the normal and healthy feeding choice for you and your baby. The benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness.

Some of the most important benefits breastfeeding offers you and your baby:

  • Breastfeeding protects your baby from a long list of illnesses, including reducing the occurrence or severity of diarrhea, respiratory tract infection, otitis media, pneumonia, urinary infection, necrotizing enterocolitis, and invasive bacteria infection
  • Breastfeeding helps prevent or lessen allergies
  • Breastfeeding has been shown to increase IQ
  • Breastfeeding may protect your child from obesity
  • Breastfeeding has been shown to lower your baby’s risk of SIDS
  • Breastfeeding reduces both you and baby’s level of the stress hormone cortisol and decreases your risk of postpartum depression
  • Breastfeeding has been shown to reduce your risk of some types of cancers, including breast cancer, in both mom that is nursing and baby girl that is being nursed

Resources in Butler County

Butler County Health Department has a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Tiffany is a real mom with breastfeeding experience, support and encouragement available in office, by telephone or text message. Her Facebook page is “Butler Breastfeeds.” Call Tiffany at 316-322-5730 for more information.


Butler County Health Department has a breast pump loan program. We have high quality, hospital grade pumps that are able to be “rented” out to those in need. For those participating in the WIC program, pump rentals are free, and pumps are inspected monthly. For those in Butler County needing a pump but not using WIC, we have another program that supplies the same style pump, with a $30 deposit, that is refunded when the pump is returned in good condition. We supply personal use kits for each pump, at no cost to you. Call 316-321-3400 for more information.


Susan B. Allen Hospital has a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). A monthly breastfeeding support group is available with their online childbirth class. Call Allison Barkus at 316-321-5121 for more information about classes and the breastfeeding clinic.


La Leche League is an international breastfeeding support group, with a mission to help mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. There is currently no LLL in El Dorado.


La Leche Telephone Support: 1-877-4LALECHE


Web help: http://www.kansaslll.org/breastfeedinghelp.htm


On facebook: La Leche League of Wichita; La Leche League of Kansas


Resources in Sedgwick County


Via Christi Breastfeeding Clinic is staffed by registered nurses and lactation consultants and helps women get the support they need to breastfeed successfully, Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm. This is available free of charge if you deliver at Via Christi. Call 316-689-5426 for more information.


Wesley Care Breastfeeding Clinic also has a team of breastfeeding experts and nurses that can help breastfeeding families. Their clinic is Monday –Friday from 1-3pm; free of charge if you delivered at Wesley. Call 316-962-6455 for more information.