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WIC Breastfeeding Awards
WIC Breastfeeding Award of Excellence Awardees The U.S. Department of Agriculture established the WIC Breastfeeding Award of Excellence program to recognize local WIC agencies providing exemplary breastfeeding promotion and support activities. The goal is to help local agencies and clinics to strengthen their breastfeeding promotion and support activities and ultimately increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates among WIC participants.
View requirements, award types, and application information on the USDA WIC Breastfeeding Award of Excellence Program website.
Awards are valid for four years.
Congratulations to the 2022 WIC Breastfeeding Award of Excellence Gold Awardees!
- Goodhue County Health and Human Services
- Meeker McLeod Sibley Community Health Services
Past WIC Breastfeeding Award of Excellence Awardees
- St. Louis County (Gold Premiere)
- Olmsted County (Gold Premiere)
- Anoka County (Gold)
- Carlton County (Gold Premiere)
- Fillmore County (Gold Premiere)
- Freeborn County (Gold)
Minnesota WIC 2021 Breastfeeding Support Certificate Recipients
Thanks to all our amazing WIC staff statewide for your tireless efforts promoting and supporting breastfeeding for our WIC families! Many agencies showed great progress toward reaching the Healthy People 2020 goals:
- 81.9% breastfeeding initiation.
- 34.1% duration up to twelve months or more.
Increased breastfeeding duration rates at 6 months by 10% or more from 2015 - 2019: Aitkin, Benton, Bois Forte, Carlton, Chisago, Clay, Cook, Countryside, Crow Wing, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fond du Lac, Grant, Houston, Lake, Leech Lake, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Nicollet, Otter Tail, Pine, Polk, Pope, Quin, Red Lake Reservation, Redwood, Renville, Sherburne, St. Joseph’s-Hubbard, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, Watonwan, White Earth.
Met Healthy People 2020 Goals for breastfeeding exclusivity during the hospital stay between 2015 - 2019: Carlton (3 years), Itasca (2 years), and Koochiching (2 years).Increased breastfeeding exclusivity during the hospital stay by 10% or more from 2015 - 2019: Carlton, Dakota, and Freeborn.