Breastfeeding: The Traditional Way
Modern society has changed many Tribal people’sthinking that bottles and artificial food known as “formula” is an acceptableway to feed our babies. This thinkinghas negatively affected the health and well-being of both mothers and theirbabies.
Mothers who breastfeed have lower rates of cancer,stronger bones, miss less work because their babies are healthier, and losepregnancy weight faster. Babies whobreastfeed have significantly reduced common health issues such as colds, earinfections, and digestion problems but also long term illness such as type 1diabetes, celiacs, and Chrohn’s disease. There is also a reduced incidence ofSudden Infant Death Syndrome in breastfed babies.
The program seeks to bring back breastfeeding as the“The Traditional Way” by reminding families that mother’s milk is a gift from the Creator.
The program is proudly funded by the W.K. KelloggFoundation and was instrumental in forming “Native Breastfeeding Coalition ofWisconsin” which meets quarterly at different Triballocations.
Breastfeeding: The Traditional Way services all eleven Tribes in the State: BadRiver, Forest County Potowatomi, Ho-Chunk, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, Menominee, Oneida,Red Cliff, Sokaogon, St. Croix, and Stockbridge Munsee.
Program Coordinator: Jennifer Ledferd 715-588-1091 firstname.lastname@example.org
NativeBreastfeeding Coalition of Wisconsin
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