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PCHD Receives "Bright Idea" Award

Breastfeeding Peer CounselorsPictured left to right are PCHD’s very own Breast feeding peer counselors: Leah Diffey, Rhiannon Terrill, and Leanne Hinds.

May 9, 2016...The Missouri Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Conference was held in Jefferson City April 26th and 27th. It was a time for Peer Counselors to Network and learn during a variety of talks and panel discussions. Throughout the event, awards were presented to agencies. PCHD received the “Bright Ideas” award.

The Bright Ideas Award was presented to agencies using creative strategies to impact lactation throughout their communities. Pike County was selected for this award for the collaboration with Hannibal Regional Hospital which allows them to provide Breastfeeding Peer Counselors in the hospital as well as in the WIC Clinic. The Peer Counselors are able to provide breastfeeding education and support to families before, during and after delivery.

Free Breastfeeding Class!!! Pregnant moms and their support are welcome. Tuesday, May 17th at the Pike County Health Department, 2:00 pm. Topics include Skin to Skin, Colostrum, Baby Friendly Practices, Feeding Cues, Good Latch, & Signs of Healthy Eating. Please contact Leah Diffey for more information or to reserve your spot at 573-324-2111.


Leanne Hinds and Diane BibbPCHD Breastfeeding peer counselor Leanne Hinds (left) graciously donates to the Milk Depot, with Diane Bibb (right) from Hannibal Regional Hospital.

PCHD Attends Milk Depot Grand Opening

May 9, 2016...PCHD Breastfeeding Peer Counselors were at the Grand Opening of the Milk Depot at Hannibal Hospital. Human milk can be donated and will go to the Milk Bank in Indiana where it is processed and given to fragile babies in various NICUs.

Our very own, Leanne Hinds, is the first to graciously donate at the Hannibal Milk Depot. Thank you for giving such a precious gift that will help keep tiny babies healthy. You are amazing!!

For more information about milk donation contact Diane Bibb at 573-406-2122.


Spring School Shot ClinicsPike County Health Department Announces Spring Shot Clinics

The Pike County Health Department will hold spring shot clinics for Pre-K through 12th grade from May 23-26.

Clinics will be held at the Health Department in Bowling Green and the First Baptist Church in Louisiana.

For questions on requirements, vaccinations, or to schedule an appointment for Pre-K & Kindergarten shots, please call our office 573-324-2111.

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Safe Sitter ClassesPCHD Offering SafeSitter® Babysitting Classes

Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice will offer Safe Sitter® courses for young teens from 11-14 years old on May 25th, June 10th and June 22nd at the health department. Registration deadline is May 13th for the May 25th class and June 3rd for the June 10th and June 22nd classes. Participants will only need to attend one of the three scheduled dates to complete the course.

Over 650,000 adolescent babysitters have graduated from the medically-accurate program which instills students with confidence as they learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. The cost of the course is $25 and scholarships are available for those who qualify. Call Mary Jo Barr at 573-324-2111 to register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter.

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Breastfeeding Newsletter - "Pumping Breastmilk"

Pumping is not necessary for successful breastfeeding if the mother and baby are together all of the time, but it can be a helpful tool. Women choose to pump their breastmilk for different reasons; to make sure their infant is getting as much breastmilk as possible and to help them maintain their milk supply when they are apart. Depending on the objective, a mom will pump or hand express at different parts of the day.

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