Research has shown that there is no better food than breast milk for a baby’s first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, economical and emotional benefits to mother and baby. Since a major goal of the WIC Program is to improve the nutritional status of infants, WIC mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants. WIC has historically promoted breastfeeding to all pregnant women as the optimal infant feeding choice, unless medically contraindicated.
- All WIC mothers are provided information about breastfeeding through counseling, group classes and educational materials.
- Breastfeeding mothers are eligible to participate in WIC for a full year after giving birth.
- Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their infants receive an enhanced food package to help meet the higher nutritional demands that their body requires for breastfeeding.
- Breastfeeding mothers can receive breast pumps to help support the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding. Personal pumps are provided to breastfeeding mothers when returning back to school or work for 20 hours or more a week.