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Posted on: July 19, 2019

At 3rd Annual Jeffco Breastfeeds Mini Fair, WIC Celebrates Strength in Support

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Nursing parents want to be supported by the best people possible to ensure a happy, healthy experience for themselves and for baby. Jeffco WIC (the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) can help.

But what is it that makes the people at Jeffco WIC so special? It’s Kinley, Rosie and Koey. It’s Huxley, Avianna and Corey. It’s Alyssa, Elijah and every other child of, or dear to, a WIC employee. When you come to Jeffco WIC, you’re trusting a network of moms, grandparents, aunties and siblings to treat you and your child just like they treat their own family members. They know how to support you on your breastfeeding journey every step of the way because for many of them, the journey is a familiar one – and they know it can be made better with the right people by your side.

Jeffco WIC will host the third annual Jeffco Breastfeeds Mini Fair from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2019, at Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), 645 Parfet Street in Lakewood.  We invite all families – whether they’re breastfeeding or not – to come join the Jeffco WIC family for a day of games, prizes, face painting, dental screenings, giveaways and more.

“At the Jeffco Breastfeeds Mini Fair, parents have the opportunity to see what really makes Jeffco WIC special,” said Kelsey Rivera, Registered Dietitian and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). “We create a space where everyone is welcomed and celebrated. We want every parent and child who comes through our doors to know that they’re safe, supported and that when they leave, they’ll be leaving with the tools and relationships to help make their breastfeeding journey successful.”

According to the World Health Organization, breastfeeding contributes to lifelong health benefits for both mom and baby. Breastmilk provides infants with everything they need as they grow, helps them fight infections and changes in composition as they develop. Adolescents and adults who were breastfed as babies are less likely to be overweight or obese, less likely to have type 2 diabetes and even perform better on intelligence tests. Women who breastfeed have reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and postpartum depression.

“I chose to breastfeed because it was one of the best things I could do for my baby, and for myself,” Rivera said. “Working with WIC, I get to share that with other moms going through the same things I went through. That’s so important.”

In addition to providing in-person lactation services and support at events like the breastfeeding fair and to WIC clients at their appointments, JCPH supports several other programs to help nursing parents be successful.

  • B.E.S.T.-Feeding Club
    JCPH hosts a breastfeeding moms group twice per week at no cost to participants. The group meets every Monday from 1-3 p.m. at JCPH in Lakewood, 645 Parfet Street, and every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-noon at Mothers’ Milk Bank, 5394 Marshall Street in Arvada.
  • Breastfeeding Classes
    Jeffco WIC offers monthly, hour-long breastfeeding classes at the Lakewood, Arvada, Littleton and Wheat Ridge WIC Clinics. Take-home material is distributed during the class. Spanish-speaking breastfeeding information can be provided on an individual basis. For more information, please contact Kelsey Rivera at 303-239-7139 or the WIC main line at 303-271-5780.
  • Mothers’ Milk Bank Donation and Outreach Center
    The Lakewood WIC Clinic was the first WIC clinic in Colorado to become a donation and outreach center for the Arvada-based Mothers’ Milk Bank. JCPH supports human milk donors by storing milk and preparing shipments to Mothers' Milk Bank. JCPH also performs the one-time blood draw for new donors. If you are breastfeeding and have an abundance of human milk, please consider becoming a donor. Call the Mothers' Milk Bank at 303-369-1888 or visit their website to find out how. For more information on dropping off donor milk, please contact Kelsey Rivera at 303-239-7139.
  • Breastfeeding-friendly places in Jeffco
    JCPH is working to create a Jefferson County that is wholly-inclusive to breastfeeding and chestfeeding individuals by creating resources for different kinds of employers, offices, child care centers and more to adopt nursing-friendly policies. To learn more about these efforts, contact Allison Wilson at awilson@jeffco.us.

To learn more about Jeffco WIC or the Jeffco Breastfeeds Mini Fair, please visit bit.ly/JeffcoWIC or call 303-271-5780.


About Jefferson County Public Health

Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH, visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.

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