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Resources available to help feed your baby

Some new mothers may look to make a switch from formula to breastfeeding, after the recent shortage

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Kate Tulibaski made the decision to breastfeed her son Brock, as well as her other two boys before him.
Ben Morris / WDAY News
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FARGO — A new baby will almost always present new experiences, challenges and questions. One of those major questions is likely; 'how do I feed this adorable little guy or gal?'

There are two options: Formula or breastfeeding. Kate Tulibaski made the decision to breastfeed her new six-month-old Brock, her third boy in five years, for the nutritional aspect.

"My husband and I had talked a lot about what was important to us as a family to do as long as possible," said Tulibaski.

Breastfeeding can be beneficial for new moms and babies, but some moms don't have an option due to a nation-wide formula shortage. That's why there are programs like the free Baby Cafe at Fargo Cass Public Health, 1240 25th St. S. in Fargo.

"We are also just coming out of a formula shortage, which I think is really important to talk about, because that was really scary. But if you are able to make milk, and have the support to do so, then that's not something you're gonna have to worry about," said Jackee Haak, the director of Sanford's Family Birth Center.


Haak says if mothers aren't able to breastfeed, or just simply prefer formula feeding, there's nothing wrong with that.

But for mothers who have tried and are having a tough time — like Tulibaski did with baby Brock — the free resources can be a blessing.

"I just like seeing how much he's growing. I've asked them questions about my supply. I've asked them tips about going back to work, you know, and pumping and all of that good stuff," said Tulibaski.

Baby Cafe is open Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m., as well as 5 to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.

Follow the links below for more resources on breastfeeding and help purchasing formula.

North Dakota breastfeeding: https://www.health.nd.gov/breastfeeding
North Dakota WIC: https://www.health.nd.gov/prevention/wic

Minnesota breastfeeding: https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/breastfeeding/
Minnesota WIC: https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/wic/

Ben Morris joined WDAY in June of 2021 as a news reporter. He grew up in southern New Hampshire, before he moved to Fargo. He majored in media communications and minored in marketing at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
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