Prevent, Promote, and Protect your Health with the Lake County General Health District
(440) 350-2543
5966 Heisley Rd
Mentor, Ohio 44060
December 23, 2016

December 23, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           CONTACT: Rachel Sray, (440) 350-2604

December 21, 2016                                                                                       LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT



The Lake County Breastfeeding Coalition has a new leader and is reaching out to residents who are in need of breastfeeding support. The Coalition is led by the new Lake-Geauga County Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program Director Rachel Sray and includes other health professionals within the Lake County General Health District, Early Head Start, Family Planning Association of Northeast Ohio, Inc., La Leche League of Lake County and Painesville, and Lake Health.

The Coalition’s main goal is to promote breastfeeding and make breastfeeding a normal way of feeding infants in Lake County. “What we hope to accomplish this next year is to bridge the gap amongst community agencies, health care professionals, and businesses when it comes to breastfeeding,” commented Sray. This year will mark the beginning of the Coalition’s initiative to reach out to employers regarding breastfeeding policies. It’s important that employers within Lake County understand the role they play in a breastfeeding mom’s life and how they can best support those moms.”

Although breastfeeding comes naturally to some women, others may experience challenges, especially in the first few weeks. It is important to know that many of these challenges can be overcome. There are several options in the area for breastfeeding support. Whether you’d prefer an in-person support group, one-on-one help, or an online support group, the help is there! See below for a listing of FREE breastfeeding support options in Lake County:


OnlineIndividual In-Person Support Groups
Lake County WIC: Join the online support group via Facebook (look for Lake County Peers)

·         Every Wednesday from 8:00-10:00 p.m. – open to ALL interested moms and pregnant women.

Lake County WIC: By appointment only. FREE. Not sure if you’re eligible for WIC? Call us at 440-350-2552.

Lake Health, Warm Line: Call 440-602-6625 for individual help over the phone

Lake Health, Tri-Point: Call 440-354-1929 Monday through Friday to make an appointment.


Lake Health -Tri-Point: 3rd floor

·         Every Wednesday morning 10:00-11:30 a.m. OR

Cleveland Clinic – Hillcrest North Campus:

·         Tuesday & Friday 11:00-12:30 p.m.

·         1st & 3rd Wednesday 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Cleveland Clinic- Willoughby Hills: Lower level of North building in Community Room B.

·         Every Thursday 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Call ahead at 440-943-2500.


For more information on the Lake County Breastfeeding Coalition or breastfeeding support options in Lake County, please call Rachel Sray at (440) 350-2604 or visit our website at


Marianne Rusnak
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