Healthy start available for all

Dear Editor:

“Children are like wet cement — whatever falls on them makes an impression.” (Haim Ginott )

Looking for a great start for you and your new baby? There are many programs available that are not income based and can give you and your baby a great start to a healthy life. Counties in Minnesota have home visiting available for new moms-babies. There are many questions that come up:

Is my baby gaining enough weight?

How do I calm a fussy baby?

When do I take baby to the doctor?

Everyone is giving me advice — how do I know what is right?

Many school districts offer free new born baby programs as well, so check the website of your local school district. The Cambridge-Isanti program is called Exploring New Borns and moms-babies come together and have help from a trained staff person in answering many questions and sharing information.

Public Health offers many programs as well, and these are not only for those below a certain income — Public Health is for the entire community. Your local county Public Health website has a great deal of helpful information.

A new “Mom to Mom” group supporting breastfeeding moms-families has formed and is meeting monthly in Cambridge and Isanti. Check for details.

“Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry.” (Alvin Price)

East Central Breastfeeding Coalition