ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Moms always want what's best for their babies. But often they're not sure how to begin with nutrition. One local organization can help with that.
The Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition offers resources for women interested in, or need help with breastfeeding. Not all mothers are able to breastfeed but doctors and nurses encourage it.
"Time and money saved and also just the immunity for babies. Babies are born with very little immunities so they get that protection from their moms. So typically women that breastfeed have babies with lower ear infection rates and allergies," says Brenda Husing, RD and Lactation Specialist.
The Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition provides resources for mothers who breastfeed. Their mission is to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
"Moms really want to do what's best for their baby and if things aren't going exactly the way they read in the books, they're going to start to feel like they're doing something wrong," says Sarah Alberg, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for the coalition.
Sarah Alberg is a member of the coalition and works one-on-one with new mothers. She takes the time to get to know each mom.
"They would feel comfortable that if there is a time when they needed some help, they could text me at midnight if they needed to and I would be able to just respond to them and not give them a hard time. Just to offer them support," says Alberg.
For more information on the Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition, visit the link.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change. "I realized I had enough this is a young man's job," said Drury. Friday afternoon Drury said goodbye to a room of men who merged and became family. "Not having that is a little scary I know they'll always be our family but it's hard to leave," said Cassi. Cassi watched her dad rush off to help his community since the day she was born. "It's scary because you hear about the times things don't go right or the times fire fighters don't come home," said Cassi.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander couple thought they were empty nesters. However, an experience volunteering made them open their doors back up to kids who need a temporary home. The Zoerb's adult children moved out years ago. But at any moment they could get a call from social services that make them bring out their parenting skills for another round. Rick and Danielle Zoerb work together as realtors putting people in homes that are the perfect fit. However, the husband and wife know their home can be a good fit for others too. "There's no reason for kids to have to fall through the cracks," said Dani. Rick met a child at a mentorship program a few years ago. It was a meeting that opened a new door for him and his wife. "There was no hesitation on our part when we felt the situation was deteriorating for this young boy," said Rick.
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