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SEK Healthcare Professionals Unite to Form Breastfeeding Coalition

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PARSONS, KANSAS -

Healthcare Professionals from across Southeast Kansas come together to continue the conversation about breastfeeding

"It's pretty impressive, and it's encouraging to us,” says Breastfeeding Mom and Educator Charla King.

They’re forming a coalition to educate the community. 

"We can exchange ideas and resources and kind of pull together," says Internation Board Certified Lactation Consultant Chris Drumm.

King say it's a step forward to improve the health of breastfeeding moms and their babies.

“I think people are starting to realize that it's what babies are supposed to do, and they're supposed to breast feed. And so they aren't offended by it as easily."

The group plans to get local businesses on board with supporting breastfeeding. Here in parsons they're already working on achieving a “Community Supporting Breastfeeding' Designation,” from their parent organization.

"It will allow breastfeeding moms in the area to know that they are welcome and that they can feed their baby whenever it needs to eat."

Besides putting up signs at local shops, they're also using private social media groups to connect breastfeeding mothers and educators.

Drumm says "Charla has one that we already have that's called 'Breast Mommas' and the mothers can ask questions and give each other support and help them through hard times."

Experts say relatively few women can't physically breast feed, because they don't have enough tissue.

Drumm says "It's always the best thing for mom and baby, where formula companies it's one size fits all. Each momma that's pregnant, the baby that's she's carrying she's getting ready to produce the exact formula that that particular baby needs."

King says "Right now I'm actually sick. I have a cold and she's not having any symptoms of it whatsoever. And my other children are all pretty healthy."

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends mothers breast feed for at least a year, and continue for as long as mother and baby desire.

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