Breastfeeding & Nutrition
Breastfeeding has many benefits--to baby, mom, and the family checkbook. But for many moms and babies, it can be a struggle. Here are resources for support.
If you give birth at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, a certified lactation specialist will visit you during your stay. They welcome questions after you take baby home, too.
The Health Department offers breastfeeding and nutrition support through the Health Start Home Visitor program and through WIC.
Cafe Leche meets the first Monday of each month 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Charis Cafe, inside Grace Bible Church in Hutchinson. During the summer months, we meet at local parks, please call for location!
Mothers are also welcome at our Regular Series Meetings:
3rd Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church
Additional Breastfeeding & Nutritional Information
Financial and insurance assistance
Do I qualify for WIC?
WIC serves Kansas residents who are:
Breastfeeding, up to baby's first birthday
Non-breastfeeding mothers, up to six months after baby's birth
Infants and children under five years old
WIC clients must meet WIC income guidelines and have a medical or nutritional need.
Many working people are eligible for WIC and don't realize it.
What are my options if I don't have health insurance for my baby?
KanCare is the program through which the State of Kansas administers Medicaid. All pre-2013 Medicaid services are now provided through the KanCare health plans. These include physical health services such as doctor appointments and hospital visits, behavioral health services, dental and vision care, pharmacy, transportation, and nursing facility care. All the services offered through the State’s Home and Community Based Services waivers are part of KanCare. The HealthWave and HealthConnect Kansas programs have ended, and all of those services are now provided through the KanCare health plans.
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
If your children need health coverage, they may be eligible for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). If they qualify, you won't have to buy an insurance plan to cover them.
CHIP provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid. In some states, CHIP covers pregnant women. Each state offers CHIP coverage, and works closely with its state Medicaid program.
CHIP benefits provide comprehensive coverage, including:
Dental and vision care
Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
Laboratory and X-ray services