CCHD Announces First Breastfeeding Chat Group

The vision of the Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) is Healthy People in a Healthy Community, and what better way to promote good health than helping babies have the best start possible?

This December, CCHD is excited to host the very first Latch-In Chat Group that will meet twice per month to offer discussion and resources regarding breastfeeding. This opportunity is free to the public and is open to anyone interested in breastfeeding: expectant parents, breastfeeding parents, grandparents, caregivers and more! Latch-In’s first meeting will be held Wednesday, December 12. Two different times are offered for the convenience of group members: 10:30am and 5:30pm.

“We are thrilled to be offering an opportunity of this nature to our community,” said Lorrie Grosfield, CCHD’s Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. “Although breastfeeding may be a natural way to feed a baby, oftentimes it is not an easy thing to do. By offering these group meetings, we hope to provide an additional resource for families in a relaxed, fun and supportive environment and help them be more successful.”

CCHD hopes that opportunities like this will help increase breastfeeding rates in Cascade County. Breastfeeding is an attachment practice – an important practice that parents can use to develop a deep and lasting connection with their child. The other benefits of breastfeeding are numerous; according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, breastfeeding can be beneficial for babies, moms, the environment and tight budgets. The Academy goes on to explain some of these benefits:

  • Infants: Breast milk nourishes babies, and its unique antibodies (disease-fighting cells) help protect infants from numerous illnesses and diseases. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends that babies be fed exclusively with breast milk for the first six months.
  • Mothers: Breastfeeding canhelp reduce a nursing mother’s risk of diabetes, breast cancer and ovarian cancer and can also reduce her risk of post-partum depression.
  • Environment/Budget: Breastfeeding eliminates the cost and waste associated with formula production and plastic bottles. Depending on the formula brand, breastfeeding can save your family between $1,200 and $1,500 annually.

In addition to the friendship and learning opportunities, evening discussions will include soup and rolls and the morning session will have snacks. Meetings will be held at CCHD, which is located at 115 4th Street South in Great Falls.

For more information, please call Lorrie at 761-9890 or Davida at 791-9298. Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding here.