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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) today announced the launch of a website: BreastfeedNC.com . A new website dedicated to providing comprehensive information and resources to support North Carolina mothers and families interested in breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is an integral part of maternal and child health, offering a multitude of benefits for both babies and mothers. With the launch of www.breastfeednc.com , NCDHHS aims to create a user-friendly platform that educates mothers, families, and healthcare professionals about the importance of breastfeeding, as well as the resources available to facilitate a more satisfying breastfeeding. The launch of this platform supports NCDHHS’s priority of improving the well-being of children and families.

“Breastfeeding is a vital element of public health, and we are delighted to launch the website: www.breastfeednc.com as a central resource center for North Carolina families,” said Dr. Kimberly McDonald, Section Chief, Chronic Disease and Injuries, NCDHHS Division of Public Health. “By providing evidence-based information, directories of With local support, and a supportive community, our goal is to empower mothers and families in their breastfeeding experience and contribute to improving maternal and child health outcomes across our state.”

Because breastfeeding can be a challenge for many women, the BreastfeedNC .com website includes common techniques that can be used to overcome challenges and barriers. The information provided on the website: BreastfeedNC.com is reliable, up-to-date, and designed to improve knowledge and confidence in breastfeeding and expressing milk. Couples can also learn about techniques to support mothers during breastfeeding and how to foster a supportive environment for successful breastfeeding. For those who are having difficulty breastfeeding, resources include links to support groups, lactation consultants, breastfeeding education resources, and WIC. For those who do not or cannot breastfeed for any reason, consulting with your child’s healthcare provider about which formula to use can help ensure that your child receives adequate nutrition.

The website has a comprehensive directory of breastfeeding support services and lactation consultants throughout the state of North Carolina. This local support directory allows users to easily search for nearby support groups, clinics and professionals, ensuring access to the help they need.

The month of August marks Breastfeeding Awareness Month, a campaign funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, which hopes to help families in their breastfeeding journey. Mothers, fathers, families, healthcare professionals and breastfeeding advocates can explore this new resource on the website: www.BreastfeedNC.com .



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