Children and Family Health
WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
The Health Department offers breastfeeding education and support to pregnant women, new mothers, and women who would like to continue breastfeeding after returning to work.
Breastfeeding Peer Counselors are moms who have breastfed and want to help other moms succeed in nursing their babies too. By having peer counselors to talk and share thoughts, new mothers become more comfortable and confident while learning to breastfeed.
Our Forest County peer counselor for the WIC program is Andrea, who has two children of her own that were both breastfed. New mothers can take the time breastfeeding as an opportunity to spend quality time with each of them, as well as time to relax like Andrea did.
You can also call/text her at 715-889-4145
Forest County Resources
Forest County Health Department
Public Health Nurses: 715-478-3371
Deb Bellamy RN, CLS(Certified Lactation Specialist) 715-478-3371
Registered Dietitian 715-478-3371
Andrea Johnson, BFPC (Breastfeeding Peer Counselor) 715-889-4145
Prenatal Care Coordination Program (PNCC)
Kathy Marvin RN, 715-478-3371
Forest County Potawatomi Health & Wellness Center
Maternal Child Nurse
Jodie Harris RN, CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) 715-478-4321
Honoring Our Children Coordinator
Missy Flanery, CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) 715-478-4398
Lisa Miller RD (Registered Dietitian) , CBE (Certified Breastfeeding Educator) 715-478-4320
Yvonne Robles, BFPC (Breastfeeding Peer Counselor) 715-478-4319
Howard Young Medical Center- Woodruff, WI
Birthing Center: 715-356-8500
Melissa Koengeter RN, IBCLC(International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) 715-356-8142
St. Mary’s Hospital– Rhinelander, WI
St. Mary’s Hospital– Rhinelander, WI
Birthing Center 715-361-2090
Ministry Medical Group - Eagle River Clinic
Maria C. Gonzalez-Cerra, MD 715-477-3000
Ministry Medical Group - Rhinelander Clinic Women's Health
Nancy Bauer WHNP, CLS (Certified Lactation Specialist) 715-361-4700
Natural Baby -Abbey M. Dall, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) 715-365-3440
La Leche League
Howard Young Medical Center Class - Pam Buchwalter, RN 715-356-8500
Lac du Flambeau Wellness Center Class – Katie Citta, RN 715-588-3371 ext. 1906
Northland Childbirth Education Association Class - Denise Chojnacki 715-360-2764 or www.northlandchildbirth.com.
Home Medical Products and Services - Medela- Lactina Hospital Grade Rental*
535 A Lincoln Street, Rhinelander Phone: 866-278-8312 or 715-369-2525 FAX 715-369-09422.
8668 U.S. Highway 51 North, Minocqua Phone: 866-861-7419 or 715-358-2500 FAX 715-356-0050
3416 E Main St., Merrill Phone: 866-536-2525 or 715-536-2525
Ministry Respiratory Services - Medela- Pump in StyleMedela- Lactina Hospital Grade Rental* Double Pump & Pumping Kit*
Office in Arbor Vitae, WI 54568
Phone: 1-866-357-6502 FAX: 715-343-5441
Forest County WIC programs
Only for WIC participants without Badger Care Plus
Ameda-Purely Yours Breast PumpMedela-Pump in Style Breast PumpMedela-Spring Express Manual Breast PumpMedela- Lactina Hospital Grade Rental
Double Pump & Pumping Kit
Hollister – Purely Yours*
Forest County Health Department
Medela – Hospital Grade available for rental and Medela – Advanced Personal Double Breast Pump available for purchase.
200 E Madison St Crandon, WI 54520-1415 Phone: 715-478-3371
*Depending on your HMO, Pumps paid for by Badger Care+ Program Double Pump & Pumping Kit*
Drugs, Breast Milk & Breastfeeding
We strongly recommend speaking to your doctor and pharmacist when making decisions regarding medications and breastfeeding.
Medications and Mothers’ Milk, A Manual of Lactation Pharmacology 2006, Thomas Hale, Ph.D.; www.ibreastfeeding.com
University of Wisconsin Hospitals-School of Pharmacy Drug Information Center
American Academy of Pediatrics: www.aap.org
Cindy Curtis: www.breastfeedingonline.com
Breastfeeding Partners: www.breastfeedingpartners.org
Family Energy www.breastfeed.com
La Leche League: www.lalecheleague.org
American Academy of Family Physicians: www.aafp.org
US Department of Health & Human Services: www.4woman.gov
Working and Pumping: www.workandpump.com
Wisconsin Association Consultants Association: www.walcnet.tripod.com
International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA): www.ilca.org/index.html
Car Seat Safety
The Health Department has two certified child passenger safety technicians who are available to help parents and caregivers choose the right car seat for children, make sure the seat is installed properly, and understand what laws apply to child safety seats.
Limited supply of car seats are available to low-income Forest County families through a grant from Wisconsin Information and Safety Network.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
The Lead Program provides screening of children one year to six years old, education on reducing lead exposures, and follow-up on children with elevated lead levels.
Newborn Baby Visits
Following the birth of your child, a public health nurse will contact you to see how you and the baby are doing and offer a visit to assist families with any questions or concerns you may have.
Oral Health Programs
Know the Facts About Fluoride
- Fluoride is essential for healthy teeth to help strengthen and protect them from decay
- The Forest County Potawatomi is the only community in Forest County that has fluoride in the water supply
- Fluoride is found naturally in the environment but in Forest County the amount present is not enough to protect against tooth decay
- Using fluoride tooth paste alone does not adequately protect teeth from decay
- Children who receive recommended amounts of fluoride have less cavities than those who do not get the recommended amount
The Fluoride Supplement program can provide fluoride drops or tablets for a small fee to families in Forest County for children 6 months to 16 years of age. If the family has well water, we will provide a water test to check the fluoride level and determine the appropriate dosage. Fluoride application forms are available at our office.
The Fluoride Varnish Program is a free program for children age 6 months to 6 years, which are available at the Forest County Head Starts.
The Fluoride Mouthrinse Program provides free fluoride mouthrinse to Forest County Elementary students grades 1st to 6th.
The Dental Sealant program is offered to students in 2nd and 6th grades in Forest county for FREE. Sealants are a thin plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces, or grooved areas of the back teeth or molars. The children will receive an oral health exam, dental supplies and oral health education. For more information about the sealant program, visit the Northwood's Dental Project website:
Prenatal Care Coordination
The Prenatal Care Coordination program is a Medicaid benefit that helps pregnant women get the support and services they need to have a healthy baby. The program provides help and support to find the following; health care, personal support, information on good eating habits and health practices, information and help finding services in the community. Call Kathy at 715-478-3371.
Safe Sleep Program
Well Water Testing
The Health Department offers free annual well water testing to low-income families with pregnant women or children in the home. Water is tested for bacteria and nitrates, which can be harmful to pregnant women and children. Unsafe water test results are referred to the Department of Natural Resources for assistance resolving problems.
Last Updated (Friday, 24 May 2013)