How does WIC Support Breastfeeding?

How does WIC Support Breastfeeding?

MN WIC Program

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Most women have questions about breastfeeding. Each time you visit WIC you have the chance to get answers to your questions.

WIC can help you:

  • Talk about your thoughts and concerns and learn about why breastfeeding is important for you, your baby and your family.
  • With tips for talking to family and others about how important it is to breastfeed.
  • Learn about breast pumps, where to get one if you need one, and with ideas on how to continue breastfeeding when you return to work or school.
  • Learn about places where you can get additional breastfeeding help if you need it and services available to you in your community.
  • WIC provides extra foods for breastfeeding women.

In addition to the services available statewide, local WIC programs may provide:

  • A breastfeeding peer counselor who can help pregnant and new mothers with their breastfeeding questions, concerns or experience. Peer Counselors are women who have successfully breastfed, are likely a past or current WIC participant, and are trained to help WIC participants with common breastfeeding issues. Peer Counselors provide information and support for normal breastfeeding situations and can refer to a local breastfeeding expert for issues beyond their scope of practice.

     • 2016 Map of Peer Programs

     • More information about the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling program

  • A chance to talk to other WIC participants who have breastfed, Mother and Baby groups, baby showers, and other special events.
  • Breastfeeding classes and resource lists for lactation information and support in the community, DVDs and / or information on video clips that may be helpful.

For more information

Breastfeeding Your Baby: Benefits of Breastfeeding
About Breastfeeding
Frequently Asked Questions for New Mothers
How can I plan for breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding Your Baby
Other web sites with information about breastfeeding
La Lactancia Materna (Breastfeeding - Spanish)
Nuujinta (Breastfeeding - Somali)