Breastfeeding, the Best Choice
Good nutrition is important throughout our lives. It is especially important during infancy and childhood because of its effect on growth and development. Breast milk is good nutrition. It protects your baby from illness and infection and promotes his brain development. Many of the important ingredients in breast milk are not found in artificial baby milk.
Breast milk is very easily digested and changes daily to meet your baby’s nutritional needs. It also helps in other ways. Breastfeeding creates a close emotional bond between you and your baby, improves your baby’s oral and facial development, lowers your risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis later in life. By breastfeeding, you are doing something that only you can do for your baby. Congratulations on giving your baby the best start in life!
Download our current class schedule:
RCPC WIC FAIRBANKS 24 hour BREASTFEEDING HELP LINE: 907-456-9075
RCPC Breastfeeding Support Groups: Potluck meeting the 2nd Friday of each month at 6 p.m.
Hands free breastfeeding meets the 4th Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.
Come meet other breastfeeding mothers and have your questions answered by a breastfeeding peer counselor!
WIC Breastfeeding Class The 2nd Thursday of each month at 2pm.
WIC Pumping Class the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2pm.
La Leche League – A mother-to-mother support group, resource library, telephone counseling and support. Informal meetings providing support and encouragement. For more information visit the website.
FMH Women’s Center– Lactation consultation; New Parent’s Clinic on Monday and Thursday afternoons by appointment for breastfeeding assistance. Andrea Trinchet, RN, IBCLC
Phone: 458-5210 #3 or 458-5200.
Fairbanks Regional Public Health Center – Public health nurses are available for in-home breastfeeding assistance, information and referrals for other community resources. New Parent’s Clinic with FMH Women’s Center. Breast pump available for overnight use. Contact: 452-1776.
Joanne Spears, RN, IBCLC, Jeanette Gorda, RN, IBCLC,Laura Kolasa, RN, IBCLC
TCC WIC Program – Lactation counselors, nutrition information, referral and support. Short term breast pump loan for WIC clients. Chief Andrew Issac Health Center, 451-6682 ext 3668
Jennifer Willeford, IBCLC, available by appointment only, Call 456-2990.
Interior Medical Supply – Breast pumps available for rent and purchase. Medela breastfeeding products for purchase. Phone: 457-8486
FMH Home Medical Equipment – Breast pumps available for rent or purchase. Medela breastfeeding products for purchase. Phone: 458-5421
Cribs, Cradles & things – Medela breast pumps and accessories for purchase, Bravado nursing bras. Phone: 452-5437
Blueberry Baby – Phone: 347-2772 BlueberryBaby.org — High quality, affordable products for maternity, cloth diapering, nursing, baby care and natural parenting, as well as support and information.
Ft. Wainwright Bassett Army Hospital – Lactation consultants and counselors available for breastfeeding support and assistance Major Helen Laquay 353-5158 OR 353-5064. Services also available at the Arctic Health Link, Heather Harvey, LPN, CLC 353-4148
Eielson AFB Health & Wellness Center – Susan Runyon RD, LD, IBCLC 377-9357
AskDrSears.com – FAQ covers a broad range of topics from clogged ducts to sore nipples
PumpStation.com – Lactation advice and videos that show proper latch techniques
BabyCenter.com – Good advice on caring for new babies
MedicineNet.com – Pro’s and Con’s of breastfeeding and other FAQs
kellymom.com: “To provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting.” Links to research articles, forums, informational handouts, and more.
llli.org: Web site of La leche league International which includes frequently asked questions about breastfeeding, information on the organization, how to find La leche League near you, and much more.
lowmilksupply.org: This website provides information and support to mothers who are experiencing low milk production. It is also an online resource for healthcare providers who help mothers breastfeed.
workandpump.com: Helpful information for breastfeeding mothers returning to work. “Breasetfeeding after you return to work can be a challenge, but it’s an accomplishment you can be proud of!”