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FAIRMONT – Faribault and Martin Counties Public Health and Social Services are hosting a free round-trip event with breastfeeding information from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday evening at the Martin County Library in Fairmont .

Kylie Saari, public health nurse and IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), said at a recent meeting that her office was talking about things they wanted the community to know and thought it would be good information to share. with the public, so they reached out to the library.

“Since feeding your baby is super important, especially in light of the baby formula crisis, we thought it would be good to show women how to use them (pumps) in an effective way,” Saari said.

She explained that while most pregnant women receive a pump with their health insurance, they often don’t receive information on how to use it.

“They go home and try to figure it out, but there are tips and tricks…there’s a way to tweak it to get more milk and a lot of women don’t know that,” Saari said.

As Saari is also the breastfeeding coordinator for the county, she works a lot with women and often hears from them that they don’t know how to use their pumps in a way that is helpful to them.

She said that sometimes not knowing how to properly wear a pump could interfere with your milk supply or even lead to mastitis.

“If you know what you’re doing, you won’t have these problems,” Saari said.

On Mondays, women are encouraged to bring their pumps so they can be professionally checked and others can see what types exist. There are many types of pumps, including popular brands Elvie and Willow.

The event aims to benefit not just new moms, but anyone who might come into contact with a breastfeeding woman who needs to know how to put a pump together.

“We would love to see second moms come out. Their first pump is not necessarily the pump they will want to use again,” Saari explained.

She said they also want fathers and medical professionals to come.

“Even if you are a medical nurse and you work with people who have broken their legs or have pneumonia, those patients could be breastfeeding. And you may need to know how to assemble their pumps for them,” Saari said.

The class will be led by Saari and several peer counselors as part of the WIC (Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children) program.

“These are mothers in the community who want to help other women breastfeed,” Saari said.

Saari said many women also don’t know how to get their flange size and pump suction tested. She said they will offer measurements and testing for both at the event in a closed area.

“We’re going to have one of the peers talk about pumping myths and we’ll have information on getting back to work and how to start pumping once you’re home with the baby,” Saari said.

She said many women think they need to have a freezer full of milk before they go back to work, when in reality they need to have a day as they will be pumping daily. She said a lot of moms put too much pressure on themselves. The laws surrounding pumping in the workplace will also be covered.

The event is a free trial and scaling is free. Saari said if someone is uncomfortable being sized, he can walk them through how to do it on their own in the privacy of their own home.

Saari will also share some of the services they offer in the maternal and child health department within public health.

“If a mom wants a one-on-one, we do it here at no cost. We do lactation counseling and a lot of people don’t know about it,” Saari said.



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Joseph K. Bennett