Free breastfeeding classes available

Free breastfeeding classes available

The Volusia County Health Department is hosting no-cost breastfeeding and basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes for new and expectant mothers.

Classes cover the basics of breastfeeding, basic CPR and information on choking prevention and are scheduled at health department locations from:

  • 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 4, 775 Harley Strickland Blvd., Orange City
  • 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 12, 717 W. Canal St., New Smyrna Beach
  • 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 20, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach

Each class is a one-time session. Reservations are suggested but not required.

Lactation consultants from the department’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program offer resources and assistance to breastfeeding mothers. WIC also offers breastfeeding peer counseling programs.

Trained peer counselors are chosen from the same socio/economic/ethnic groups as WIC clients and have successfully breastfed their own babies. Breastfeeding peer counselors provide mother-to-mother basic breastfeeding education and support to pregnant and breastfeeding moms.

For information or to register for a breastfeeding class, call 866-942-3663.

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