Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Director
Sarah Tackebury - Nursing and Clinical Services Manager
Emily Nelson - Public Health Nursing Services Manager
Melissa Opheim - Public Health Services Manager/EPC
Amy Revette - WIC Manager
Mark Pickell - Business Services Manager
Joel Kwiatkowski - Environmental Health Manager
Dr. Thomas Bender - Medical Director
Dr. William Morrone - Medical Examiner
Bay County Health Department
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4009
Fax: (989) 895-4014
Health Information Line: (989) 895-4192

Breastfeeding Information

Benefits of Breastfeeding


Breastfeeding Support


The Power of Breast Feeding

Big Bird Learns about Breastfeeding


Community Resources:

McLaren Bay Region Lactation Line - 989-894-3935

Breastfeeding Coaliton - WIC (989) 895-4002 or Lactation Line (989) 894-3935.

Breastfeeding Warmline - (989) 450-1607 


Breastfeeding and Medication

Need to know more about drugs /supplements and breastfeeding? You can find information about maternal and infant drug levels, possible side effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider. The LactMed database at the U.S. National Library of Medicine is now available through an app for an iPod, iPhone, or Android device. For more information on this free download, visit LacMed.

Breastfeeding Resources