CROWN POINT | The southeast corner of the 4-H building on the Lake County fairgrounds will be dedicated to nursing mothers during the duration of the Lake County Fair, which starts Friday.
St. Mary Medical Center and the Northwest Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition are sponsoring the Nursing Mothers’ Nook for breastfeeding mothers.
The space will offer mothers a cool, comfortable, private place to nurse infants, according to the hospital.
Staff, including lactation consultants and counselors, from coalition member organizations will be on site.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends mothers breastfeed exclusively for the first six months and continue to breastfeed as foods are introduced until the baby’s first birthday.
“Many new moms stop breastfeeding when their baby is between 6 and 12 weeks old,” Diane Gora, a nurse and certified lactation consultant at St. Mary Medical Center, stated in a news release.
“One reason they quit so early is because they return to work where, often, there is no lactation support. With the cooperation of area businesses, the coalition will strive to provide breastfeeding support through the development of work site lactation programs.”
Aside from St. Mary Medical Center, other coalition members helping staff the nook include Community Hospital, Community Care Network’s Innovative Women’s Health, Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital - Crown Point, North Shore Health Centers, Medela, WIC Food and Nutrition program and Fagen Pharmacy.