WIC provides support for breastfeeding families.
There are many different ways that WIC helps support breastfeeding moms. It is our goal to help moms discover how amazing breastfeeding can be and how it benefits both mom and baby.
Benefits to babies: Fewer allergies, breastmilk is easier to digest than formula, better jaw/ tooth development, higher IQ, fewer illnesses, and less likely to overfeed (reduced childhood obesity).
Benefits to moms: Quick loss of pregnancy weight, decreases certain types of cancer, provides relaxation/ bonding time with baby, increases self-esteem, less bottles to clean/ sanitize, and less expensive than formula.
During pregnancy WIC provides a breastfeeding class taught by certified lactation nurses that sets mom up for success with breastfeeding.
WIC also loans hospital grade pumps to moms in need to help continue breastfeeding. These moms either have complications with breastfeeding or they may be returning to work/ school and be separated from their baby for long periods of time.
Our breastfeeding peer counselor at WIC is an educator who is a trained lactation consultant and is available to answer questions / concerns from breastfeeding moms. Feel free to e-mail her with any questions.
WIC also provides moms who decide to breastfeed for the first full year of life a pump to keep instead of formula. These pumps are reserved for mothers who will be separated from their infant for a long period of time (such as school or work) who wish to continue breastfeeding for the full year. Please ask your WIC Educator if you qualify for this program.
The Nursing Mothers Act requires Employers to: