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.
NORTHWOODS - The high-dosage flu shot for people 65 and older is stronger than the regular one, but holding off for a couple weeks could help keep you flu free for even longer.
The CDC says all ages should get the flu shot as soon as possible, and many pharmacy chains have started pushing shots in the late summer. But some health professionals think waiting a couple weeks might pay off.
"Why they advertise it so early doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. It takes two weeks for it to kick in, and flu season lasts six months. So if you do get vaccinated too early you do run the risk of being prepared for the early part of flu season, but you may not be covered then through the end of flu season," said St. Germain Health Mart pharmacist Jennifer Hansen.
MADISON - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials have pushed back the release of updates to their chronic wasting disease plan to this spring.
The DNR has a 15-year plan that expires in 2025. It calls for reducing local herds in isolated areas of infection that appear far from known disease clusters but centers largely on monitoring. The DNR's board ordered a review of the plan by this December amid concerns the disease has been spreading.
STEVENS POINT - Stevens Point police want your help finding suspects in two possible stabbings. The stabbings happened early Friday morning and early Sunday morning near downtown Stevens Point.
Friday, four young men got into a fight on Main Street. One man said he was stabbed in the chest. Police say the suspect is a black man in his mid-20s, about 5' 9" tall, with a muscular build and short hair. The victim was treated at the hospital and released.
Sunday morning, police responded to an incident at 2nd Street and Crosby Avenue. Witnesses heard glass breaking and people yelling about a stabbing. Police don't have a victim or suspect description in that case, but they don't believe the two stabbings are connected.
If you have any information about the stabbings, call Detective Sgt. Gruber at 715-346-1518.
You can also call Portage County Crimestoppers to remain anonymous at 888-346-6600.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Downtown Boulder Junction could look a little different in a few years. The Boulder Junction Town Board voted 2 to 1 to move onto the design phase of a town plaza project Tuesday night.
The design will cost about $25,000. Town Supervisor Dennis Duke said the plaza could have things like bathrooms, wifi, and places to sit.
Duke thinks the plaza would get people to spend more time downtown.
STATEWIDE - City, county, and town leaders hope you Turn Out for Transportation Thursday night. Seventy-one of the state's 72 counties will hold public forums for people to learn more about the state's transportation budget.
The idea for the forums comes from the "Just Fix It" campaign, which many counties have supported to encourage state lawmakers to find a better way to pay for roadwork.
You can find the location and time for your county's meeting via the link below.
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