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Breastfeeding Support


Breastfeeding is the way babies are meant to be fed, and breast milk is the standard by which infant nutrition is measured.

Breast milk is the only food infants need for the first six months of their lives. Breast milk has exactly the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein to help babies grow. And it is easier for babies to digest than formula.

Breast Milk Strengthens Health and Fights Disease

The cells, hormones, and antibodies in breast milk are not found in formula. Formula-fed babies have higher risks of necrotizing enterocolitis, lower respiratory infections, atopic dermatitis, asthma, obesity, type 1 and 2 diabetes, and childhood leukemia. Nursing mothers miss less work because their infants are sick less often.

Breastfeeding also lowers the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Breastfeeding is healthy and convenient for moms. There are no or less bottles to sterilize, and there is no formula to buy. The skin-to-skin contact helps moms and babies bond. Breastfeeding is also linked to lower risks of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and postpartum depression for moms.

CUPHD Breastfeeding Services

CUPHD offers one-on-one help, prenatal breastfeeding education, access to breast pumps, and other support. We are enthusiastic about providing evidence-based breastfeeding information and support to our clients.


Breastfeeding services we provide:

  • Breastfeeding supplies (with eligibility) and information about needed supplies.
  • Certified Lactation Counselors who are specially trained to help with breastfeeding education, techniques, questions, or concerns.
  • One-on-one or group info sessions. Mothers-to-be who want extra information on breastfeeding can come alone or with supportive family or friends to meet with trained staff.
  • Peer counseling support during pregnancy, in the hospital, in the WIC clinic, or at home.
  • Weighted feedings. Many moms worry if their baby is getting enough breast milk. Our trained staff can help moms learn the cues that a baby is getting enough to eat, and to see how much they take in a normal feeding.

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How to obtain services


201 W. Kenyon Rd., Champaign
520 E. Wabash St., Rantoul
Orchard Downs Multicultural Health Center, University of Illinois,
2040 S. Orchard St., Urbana
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This service is primarily for women enrolled in WIC who wish to breastfeed or are currently breastfeeding.


This service is free.

How do I get services?

Walk in or call for an appointment.


Walk-in hours M-F 8:30-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Please call if another time is needed.

Call for an appointment.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
8:30-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Orchard Downs Multicultural Health Center
Every other Friday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.


Warm line (217) 390-0664

CUPHD Breastfeeding Peer Counselors

Abby Graham, CLC
agraham@c-uphd.org, (815) 351-2521