Shining Mountain educates mothers on breastfeeding

Mothers gather at the Southern Ute Health Center for breastfeeding and health information during the Shining Mountain Health & Wellness breastfeeding class on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
Angie Juarez-Monger enjoys healthy snacks and conversation while breastfeeding her daughter during this month’s breastfeeding class.
Certified lactation specialist and diabetes patient coordinator from Shining Mountain Health & Wellness, Shaw Marie Tso presents Sarah Cuch and River Rose Morgan with a free Medela breast pump.
Maria Rivera | The Southern Ute Drum
Maria Rivera | The Southern Ute Drum
Maria Rivera | The Southern Ute Drum

Shining Mountain Health & Wellness is providing the information and support for mothers that breastfeed through monthly courses offered on Tribal Campus. The Breastfeeding Classes provide professional information and advice on topics such as: safety, vaccinations, oral health and nutrition.

The most recent breastfeeding class was held at the Southern Ute Health Center on Tuesday, Aug. 15 and provided oral health information from dental hygienist Kari Plante, who educated the mothers on the importance of preventative precautions regarding an infant’s oral health. Michael Tom also spoke on behalf of the Southern Ute Community Action Program (SUCAP), providing car safety information and how to get a safe car seat free of charge for families in need. Shining Mountain Health & Wellness provides all the information a mother needs to successfully breastfeed for as long as she wishes to feed naturally.

For mothers who are expecting a newborn or currently breastfeeding, Shining Mountain Health & Wellness provides free Medela breast pumps and a newborn birth kit. They also have an on-site dietician, Lisa Smith, who can speak with mothers who are interested in more information on healthy eating habits during or after pregnancy. SUCAP offers free new born and booster seats at a first come first serve basis.


For more information contact Shawmarie Tso, LPN, CLC at (970) 563-2163

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