South Dakota supports nurturing mothers

PIERRE, S.D. — To show support for the benefits and importance of breastfeeding, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced on Wednesday that August 2021 is Breastfeeding Month.

South Dakota joins the nation and the world in celebrating and supporting World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) and National Breastfeeding Month through the theme “Every Step of the Way.”

All major medical authorities agree that breastfeeding significantly impacts the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies, and recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, with continued breastfeeding for at least one year.

To help support nurturing mothers, South Dakota WIC provides nutritious food, breast pumps, and education. The program also offers access to mom-to-mom support through Peer Counselors and professional support through Certified Lactation Counselors and International-Board Certified Lactation Consultants.

“Long-term breastfeeding success requires a strong support system from fathers, families, employers, childcare and healthcare providers, and community members,” said Megan Hlavacek, State WIC Outreach & Breastfeeding Coordinator.

The South Dakota Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Pledge is one way communities can support nurturing mothers. Over 700 worksites across the state have taken the pledge at All pledged businesses display a Breastfeeding Welcome Here window cling to publicly show their support.

To learn more about breastfeeding and nurturing, contact the Department of Health office in your county, or visit

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