Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Support


New mothers often need guidance and support as they begin the process of breastfeeding their infants. To reach our support staff, call 217-285-4407, option 2 or 217-370-6164.


Pike County Health Department has a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor on staff to assist you with your
breastfeeding choice. We are here to provide support and to answer your questions. We can also help prevent and solve breastfeeding problems.


A Breastpump Distribution Program is available to WIC clients.


What is a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor?
Breastfeeding peer counselors are moms who have breastfed and want to help other moms succeed in nursing their babies, too.


Breastfeeding peer counselors are everyday women who have breastfed and who want to help provide moms-to-be and new moms with information and encouragement. They will answer your questions and share their own personal experiences, so that you, too, can have a successful breastfeeding experience.


Breastfeeding peer counselors help new mothers who are beginning to breastfeed learn what to expect in the first days and weeks. They are available during and after business hours to answer any questions or concerns new moms may have.
Peer Counselors are here to encourage and to educate-but more importantly-they are here to connect with new moms, like you, in a special way, for a very good reason . . . to help you and your baby.


Breastfeeding peer counselors are available to provide new mothers with support and advice.


By having our peer counselors to talk and share with, new mothers become more confident and comfortable with learning to breastfeed.


Breastpump Distribution Program

Promoting and supporting breastfeeding are important components to a successful breastfeeding experience.  Therefore, to better facilitate breastfeeding in Pike County, the Pike County WIC program is offering electric breastpumps to eligible WIC clients.  The ultimate goal of the Breastpump Distribution Program is to support longer duration of breastfeeding among working women or women going back to school.

In addition, we have Lactina Breastpump’s for rent to breastfeeding women in our community.  We also may be able to offer double-electric breastpumps to those with  qualifying insurance and/or Medicaid and a doctor’s order.