Breastfeeding For Families
Tri-County Health Department recognizes breastfeeding as an important and effective preventive measure to protect the health of mothers and their infants. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, followed by continued breastfeeding for the first year or longer as mutually desired by the mother and infant.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in Colorado only one out of four infants are breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life and similarly, one out of four infants continue to be breastfed through their first birthday. Mothers need education and support to meet their breastfeeding goals.
When you choose to breastfeed, you build a strong foundation for your baby and make an investment in your baby's future.
Our community provides many resources and services to support breastfeeding moms and babies as needs change over time.
- Support through TCHD's WIC program
- Free breastfeeding classes (PDF) through WIC
- Lactation Resource Guide
Join the conversation with our live video chat every Tuesday at 10 a.m. on Facebook. Bring your questions and chat with breastfeeding experts.
Come visit our Baby Cafe at Every Child Pediatrics, 9197 Grant Street, Thornton. Baby Cafe USA is a national network of free breastfeeding drop-ins, combining information with a relaxed, fun environment for moms to chat and learn from experts and each other. Join us every Tuesday, 1 to 2:15 p.m. in the first floor community room. All are welcome.
Mothers' Milk Bank Donation and Outreach Centers
We are pleased to host two Mothers' Milk Bank Donation and Outreach Centers at our WIC offices in Brighton and Aurora South. Mothers' who make breast milk in excess of their babies needs and are screened and approved by Mothers' Milk Bank can donate breast milk for babies in need. Breast milk can be dropped off during business hours at either location:
- Aurora South, 15192 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora, 80014. 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 5 p.m. Walk ins welcome.
- Brighton, 30 S. 20th St., Suites F & G, Brighton, 80601. 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Moms wishing to drop off milk at the Brighton location are asked to call 303-659-2335 to schedule a drop off to limit the wait time.