County Department of Public Health staff spend the day with nationally
know breastfeeding speaker, Cathy Carothers
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[October 28, 2014]
LINCOLN - On Monday, a nationally known
breastfeeding speaker, Cathy Carothers, spent the day with staff.
Pictured above left to right is Brenda Matthews of the Illinois
Department of Human Services. Matthews is the State Breast Feeding
program coordinator; Candy Letterly, LCDPH Breast Feeding Peer
Counselor; Katie Samson, LCDPH WIC Counselor; Dana Oltmanns, LCDPH
Certified Healthcare provider and overseer of the WIC and Breast
Feeding Programs; and Kelly Lowery, WIC Counselor. Carothers is
seated in front of the group.
Carothers, who hales from Mississippi, travels throughout the
country offering advice and training to those who work with
breastfeeding and WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) programs.
She is the co-director of Every Mother Inc., a nonprofit
organization providing counseling, lactation training, and resources
for health professionals and the families they serve.
The LCDPH WIC Peer Counselor program was one of only 18 in Illinois
to be chosen to be involved in a Peer Counselor assessment project.
Agencies were selected on the basis of achieving a balance of such
factors as area of the state, size of the agency, urban vs. rural
locations, ethnicities served, breastfeeding rates, and more.
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The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs focus is on
educating families about good nutrition and focus on
breastfeeding as the best start for babies.
We are very excited to have this opportunity to learn from and
to enhance the breastfeeding services that the LCDPH's WIC
[LDN with information from Dana
Oltmanns, Logan County Department of Public Health]