Breastfeeding Services

  • Prenatal breastfeeding classes
  • One-on-one counseling with a Lactation Educator
  • Breastfeeding Helpline: 1.800.500.6411 (Calls answered by Lactation Educators Monday – Friday)
  • Online breastfeeding support – Click here to email our Lactation Educator

Pumps

 

  • Electric breast pumps may be available for moms of babies who are premature or unable to breastfeed right away
  • Electric or manual breast pumps may be available for moms who are returning to work, school, or military service

 

Enhanced Food Packages

 

  • Moms who are fully breastfeeding receive the best food package for themselves and more baby food – for up to one year
  • Moms who are mostly breastfeeding also receive more foods for themselves and their baby – for up to one year

Our Breastfeeding Promotion Policy

  • Promotes breastfeeding as the norm for infant feeding.
  • Recommends exclusive breastfeeding as ideal nutrition for infants and sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first six months of life, unless medically contraindicated.
  • Recommends gradual introduction of iron-enriched solid foods in the second half of the first year, complementing the breast milk diet.
  • Recommends breastfeeding continue for at least the first year of life, and thereafter, for as long as mutually desired.
  • Provides culturally appropriate, learner-centered breastfeeding education to ensure participants make an informed infant feeding decision.
  • Has designated a breastfeeding coordinator who is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating breastfeeding promotion and support activities.
  • Reviews this policy with all new WIC staff, contracted employees, and volunteers at orientation, and at least once a year, and,
  • Ensures that all staff have education to support this policy.
  • Accommodates participants, staff and volunteers who are breastfeeding.
  • Informs community partners that WIC is a source of breastfeeding assistance and information.

 

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