Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is good for both you and your baby. Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most babies. As your baby grows, your breast milk will change to meet his or her nutritional needs. Breastfeeding can also help protect you and your baby against some short- and long-term illnesses and diseases.Mother Breastfeeding Baby Opens in new window 

Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes, severe lower respiratory disease, acute otitis media (ear infections), sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and gastrointestinal infections. Mothers who breastfeed their babies have a lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for about the first 6 months with continued breastfeeding while introducing appropriate complementary foods for 1 year or longer. 

For more information about breastfeeding, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or the World Health Organization (WHO).

View the Benton County Breastfeeding Resource List


Baby Café

Benton County Public Health and the St. Cloud YMCA have joined together to host a local Baby Café. Baby Café offers information and support to mothers at any stage in breastfeeding. You do not need to have a breastfeeding problem to attend; many women come just to socialize with other moms going though breastfeeding. Pregnant women are welcome to attend as well to learn more about breastfeeding or have questions answered.

Baby Café is the second and fourth Tuesday every month from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. at the YMCA – 2001 Stockinger Dr, St. Cloud MN 56303 (Conference Room A)

Baby Café is a drop-in service to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. There will be refreshments and snacks available for you to enjoy as you visit with trained breastfeeding health professionals and other mothers. A scale is available to weigh your baby as well as breastfeeding resources and information for you to take home. 

Due to COVID-19, we are asking participants to please wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Please stay home if you are experiencing any of these symptoms: fever or feeling feverish, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell.

There is no cost and no registration required to participate - just come as you are! 

  1. Pregnancy
  2. Postpartum
  3. Back to Work, School & Beyond
  4. Anytime, Anywhere Initiative
  5. Benton County Breastfeeding Rooms

Learn about breastfeeding online (during your pregnancy):Outline Photo of Pregnant Woman Opens in new window

Attend a breastfeeding class: