Some children like nothing more than to dig into a big plate of food, while others are pickier about what and how much they will eat. How do you know if your infant or child is eating enough, or too much food, and is the food that they are eating nutritious enough to keep them healthy?
The Gallatin City-County Health Department has programs that are geared towards infant/child nutrition, and trained nutritionists and nurses on staff to help answer questions about healthy eating for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, infants, toddlers, and children up to age 5. These programs include:
A federally funded support system for Women, Infants, and Children, offering a helping hand to families by providing:
• Access to healthy foods
• Breastfeeding support
• Nutrition information & advice
• Health screenings
• Resources & referrals for other helpful services
• Money-saving food tips & recipes
A support network for families that provides health checks, education, support, and links to many other helpful resources in our community. Through one-on-one visits with a home visitor, you can build a trusted relationship, get prenatal and parenting support, and have your questions answered to better prepare you for successful parenthood.
Along with local Gallatin City-County Health Department programs are many helpful resources that parents can use to learn more about infant/child nutrition.
Other Food Programs
Gallatin County has a number of food assistance programs to help you put healthy food on the table, including:
- School Lunch Programs
- Food Assistance Programs
The Lactation Education Program creates networks of support for pregnant and breastfeeding families in rural communities across Gallatin, Park and Madison counties. These services include a 24-hour hotline, tele-health visits with a lactation professional, clinic visits in their community when available, home-visiting lactation consultations, monthly Baby Bistro peer support and breastfeeding classes. resources and assistance is also provided to health care professionals and to employers working to meet the needs of breastfeeding employees.
My Plate – A program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that recommends dietary guidelines to help Americans make healthy food choices and to be active every day. The following facts sheets are broken down by age groups:
Pregnancy Nutrition: http://www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/Topics/PregnancyFactSheet.pdf
Breastfeeding Nutrition: http://www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/Topics/BreastfeedingFactSheet.pdf
Preschooler Nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/preschoolers/HealthyEatingForPreschoolers-MiniPoster.pdf
USDA Infant Feeding Guide: http://www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/Topics/FG/CompleteIFG.pdf
My Plate general healthy eating tips: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/downloads/MyPlate/DG2010Brochure.pdf