New weigh station for babies opens at health department

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Oneida County is trying something new to help new mothers breast feed their babies.

There is now a weigh station at the Oneida County Health Clinic in Utica. Mothers can go in and have their babies weighed to make sure they're getting enough to eat. When you breastfeed, there's no way of knowing how much is going into the baby's mouth. 

The room has a scale and a chair for mothers to sit in while breastfeeding. Everything to equip the room was already available, it just needed to be set up. The station is also staffed by three certified lactation consultants.

"We are very determined here at the Oneida county Health Department to encourage women to breast feed," said Kay Roberts, a public health nurse with the county. "Not only encourage them, but to support them in providing all the information they need so they can breast freed successfully."

The weigh station is open Friday afternoon and you do need an appointment. call 798-5906.

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