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Breastfeeding moms who have support are shown to breastfeed their infants longer than those that don't have support. Support people are essential to moms. Breastfeeding is a natural, wonderful expression of love and bonding along with many nutritional benefits.

SCHD Provides                              

  • Peer Counselor Support
  • Classes
  • Support Groups
  • One to One Appointments
  • Phone Support (call or text)
  • IBCLC services

Breastfeeding is recommended as the best way to provide nutrition to infants by the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, The CDC, The American Academy of Family Physicians, The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Information on this website is informational for the general public. This does not substitute any advice from a physician. Always follow the advice and guidance of your doctor.


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Nicole Bannister, Peer Counselor; ext. 110 Megan Mason, BS, RN, Certified Lactation Specialist; ext. 113
After Hours Warm Line (810) 705-2573

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Tina Matthews, RN, Certified Lactation Specialist
Megan Chisholm, RN, IBCLC


Questions or Concerns After Hours?  Contact us using the Warm Line!


Sanilac County Health Department - Breastfeeding
171 Dawson Street, Suite 123
Sandusky, MI 48471

Phone: 810-648-4098 ext. 110
Fax: 810-648-5276

Why choose breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is the recommended best choice for infant feeding by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, CDC, American Academy of Physicians.

Benefits to Babybreastfeeding mom

  • Boosts immune system 
  • Decreased risk of childhood obesity
  • Decreased number of ear infections
  • Decreased risk of diabetes both type 1 and 2
  • Causes less stomach upset, diarrhea, and constipation than formula
  • Decreases the risk of SIDS
  • Decreased risk for illness and hospitalizations overall
  • Fewer instances of allergies
  • Less incidence of asthma
  • Decreased speech and orthodontic issues
  • Fewer cavities

Benefits to Mom
  • Decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancer
  • Delayed return to menses
  • Helps with post-partum weight loss, burning an extra 500 calories per day!
  • Extra bonding time with baby
  • Helps uterus to return to normal size faster
  • Less postpartum bleeding
  • Decreased risk for Postpartum depression
  • Breastfeeding releases hormones that decrease stress
  • Easier to do when traveling; no bottle washing
  • Its FREE!


  • Click here to learn more about the classes and different groups we have to offer!


  • Many moms choose to pump when returning to work, or for other reasons.  We have some basic guidelines for you as well as helpful videos on our pumping page


  • Click here for questions about issues such as sore nipples, blocked ducts, poor or painful latch or supply issues. 


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