Public Health

Breast Feeding Information

Our goal is to provide quality countywide public health services. Public health is prevention for a better life, promotion for your health, and protection for you, your family, and your community.


When selecting a health care provider, be sure to ask about their practices related to breastfeeding. This will help you determine their knowledge about breastfeeding and the level of support you will receive. You will benefit from the support of a knowledgeable obstetrician, pediatrician, family practitioner, midwife, physician office staff, neonatal nurse, nurse practitioner, nutritionist, childbirth instructor, and home visiting nurse. All of these health professionals should be knowledgeable and supportive about breastfeeding.

There is extensive support available locally at your health department and on the web. Review the information in the referral section below.

Your Breast Milk is:

  • Safe
    • Breast milk contains protective factors that help prevent and fight infections, such as diarrhea and pneumonia
    • Breast milk helps reduce the risk of allergic conditions, particularly asthma
  • Sound
    • The nutrients in breast milk are present in
      the right quantity and the right quality
    • Formula and other foods contain nutrients in different amounts, and are very different in quality
  • Sustainable
    • As long as you and your baby are together food is available
    • You can make good milk from whatever foods you eat

Breast Feeding

Creates healthy mothers and healthy babies. Be sure to discover which friends, family members and health care providers will support your desire to breastfeed

  • Your milk is the safest and soundest for your baby
    Mother with baby
  • Starting to breastfeed right after delivery helps stimulate milk production
  • Make sure your baby is properly attached
  • Let your baby breastfeed often, when ever he or she is hungry, both day and night
  • Let your baby breastfeed for as long as he or she needs at each feeding
  • Learn the signs that tell you when your baby is hungry — crying is a late sign of hunger and some babies will go to sleep if they are not fed, resulting in a missed meal and eventually a decrease in your milk supply
  • Learn how to tell when your baby is full — most babies will take additional fluid from a bottle if it is offered after breastfeeding. This does not mean the baby did not get enough to eat and can lead to overeating and later obesity
  • Ask for help when you have questions or concerns

Mothers who breastfeed have:

  • Reduced risk of anemia
  • Increased bone density after weaning which may decrease her risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis
  • Uterine contractions which will decrease the risk of postpartum hemorrhage
  • Lower rate of postmenopausal breast cancer
  • Lower rate of ovarian cancer
  • Lower rate of uterine cancer More optimal child-spacing interval
  • Quicker recovery from childbirth
  • Reduced stress

Babies who are breast fed have a lower chance of experiencing:

  • Ear infections
  • Respiratory infections
  • Intestinal infections
  • Sudden infant death syndrome
  • Juvenile diabetes mellitus
  • Childhood cancers
  • Eczema
  • Tooth decay
  • Obesity
  • Hospitalization

Public Health Lactation Consultant

An experienced member of our staff is available by appointment to:

  • Guide you through the process of getting started breastfeeding through to weaning
  • Answer questions about breastfeeding
  • Work with you to solve problems with breastfeeding
  • Weigh your baby to assess growth


Please remember the WIC staff are available to talk with you about breastfeeding problems or concerns. Call us to arrange an appointment at the office numbers listed below.

In addition to our services these agencies may be able to assist you.

City Service Telephone Number
Albany Linn County Public Health
Leah Brunson, IBCLC, RLC
541-967-3888 x2620
  Mid-Valley Children's Clinic 541-812-5111
  Albany General Hospital 541-812-4000
Lebanon Lebanon Community Hospital 541-451-7588
Corvallis Good Samaritan Hospital
Home Health



Office Hours

Most office sites are open Monday through Friday:

8:30 a.m. to noon
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

You can contact us at the addresses and telephone numbers below or by e-mailing our staff.



Main Office   view map
2730 SE Pacific Blvd
Albany, OR 97321

Telephone: 541-967-3888 (Available 24/7 for communicable disease reporting call 541-750-0090)
FAX: 541-926-2102
Toll free: 1-800-304-7468
TTY/TTD: 1-800-735-2900


Office   view map
1600 S Main St
Lebanon, OR 97355

Telephone: 541-451-5932
FAX: 541-258-5704
Toll free: 1-888-451-2631

Sweet Home

Office   view map
799 Long St
Sweet Home, OR 97386

Telephone: 541-367-3888
FAX: 541-367-2407
Toll free: 1-800-920-7571

Other Resources

Current Oregon Health Hazards
Influenza Updates
Strategic Health Plan
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