Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Officer
Andre Reed - Deputy Health Officer
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

Breastfeeding Information

Benefits of Breastfeeding


Breastfeeding Support


The Power of Breast Feeding

Big Bird Learns about Breastfeeding


Community Resources:

Breastfeeding Warmline - (989) 450-1607

McLaren Bay Region Lactation Line - 989-894-3935

Breastfeeding Coaliton -



Breastfeeding and Medication

Need to know more about drugs /supplements and breastfeeding? Most medications are safe to use while breastfeeding. InfantRisk Center is a great resource for both common and uncommon medications. You can also call InfantRisk Center with any questions you may have at 1-806-352-2519 (M-F 8am-5pm CST) or visit


Breastfeeding Resources