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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.

Hutchinson Regional Medical Center

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.

Reno County Health Department

The Health Department offers breastfeeding and nutrition support through the Health Start Home Visitor program and through WIC.

La Leche League - Hutchinson

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!

Deborah 620-665-8313

Laura 620-200-6965

JoLyn 620-860-4306

Mothers are also welcome at our Regular Series Meetings:

3rd Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church

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Additional Breastfeeding & Nutritional Information

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Infant Services & Parent Resources

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Featured Classes & Events

Babytime Storytime


Hutchinson Public Library

Mondays & Tuesdays @ 10:45am

Buhler Public Library

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Financial and insurance assistance

Do I qualify for WIC?

WIC serves Kansas residents who are:

  • Pregnant

  • 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:

  • Routine check-ups

  • Immunizations

  • Doctor visits

  • Prescriptions

  • Dental and vision care

  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital care

  • Laboratory and X-ray services

  • Emergency services

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