ST. CLOUD — It’s World Breastfeeding Week. The week aims to help increase the promotion and support of breastfeeding around the world.
Jeanne Fribe is a lactation consultant at CentraCare. She says there is plenty of support and resources available for moms-to-be who may have concerns or questions about breastfeeding.
Contact someone knowledgeable about breastfeeding. It’s really nice to talk and get your questions answered by professionals.
Friebe says CentraCare offers prenatal lactation appointment for future parents or even second parents, who did not have this option with their first baby.
She says the shortage of formula has prompted many mothers to breastfeed, which otherwise might not have been the case.
The formula definitely puts into question what they could do to feed their baby. I think having a conversation before the baby arrives with someone really helps develop a plan that works for you and your baby.
Friebe says that for moms who cannot breastfeed, there are other options such as milk banks, where frozen breast milk is donated.
There’s a special event Saturday at Ellison Park in Monticello called Lactapalooza, where parents can get more information about breastfeeding, milk banks and more.
The free event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and there will be games and activities for children available.