In acknowledgement of the importance of breastfeeding to the health of South Dakota, Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed August 2021 as Breastfeeding Month.
South Dakota joins the nation and world in celebrating and supporting World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month through the theme ‘Every Step of the Way’ as support is essential to success and longevity.
Breastfeeding significantly impacts the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies. All major medical authorities recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, with continued breastfeeding for at least one year.
South Dakota WIC is committed to supporting breastfeeding mothers by providing nutritious food, breast pumps, and education. The program offers access to mom-to-mom support through Peer Counselors and professional support through Certified Lactation Counselors and International-Board Certified Lactation Consultants.
“Long-term breastfeeding success requires a strong support system from fathers, families, employers, childcare and healthcare providers, and community members,” said Megan Hlavacek, State WIC Outreach & Breastfeeding Coordinator.
The South Dakota Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Pledge is one-way communities can support breastfeeding mothers. Over 700 worksites across the state have taken the online pledge at www.healthysd.gov/breastfeeding. All pledged businesses display a Breastfeeding Welcome Here window cling to publicly show their support.
To learn more about breastfeeding, contact the Department of Health office in your county, Dupree 365-5163, Faith 967-2150, Isabel 466-2474, Timber Lake 865-3587, (doh.sd.gov/local-offices/child-family-services), or visit sdwic.org.