Lynn Beattie, Nutrition Education Specialist with WIC
Moms everywhere want to give their babies the best start in life. Breastfeeding is an important first step, for both you and your baby. You may have heard that sometimes getting started with breastfeeding can be challenging, but the benefits last a lifetime! Let WIC’s breastfeeding services support you every step of the way.
While you’re pregnant and after your baby is born, you can meet with a breastfeeding specialist or nutritionist at WIC. This is a good chance to talk with an expert who can answer your questions and give advice.
There are prenatal breastfeeding classes offered at your local WIC Program to give you a chance to learn more about breastfeeding and ask questions and get answers before your baby is born. Classes help you know what to expect when you start to breastfeed and are a great way to meet other moms who are going through the same experience.
A WIC Peer Counselor is a mom—like you—who breastfed her baby. She is trained to help you and your baby and is available any time you need her. She can even talk to you while you are in the hospital. Count on your WIC Peer Counselor to answer your breastfeeding questions.
WIC also helps new moms learn from each other in a group setting. Ask your local WIC Program about any upcoming breastfeeding support groups.
Are you going back to work or school after your baby is born? WIC can help get you a breast pump through your health insurance plan or our free lending program.
To help you stay strong while you breastfeed, you’ll receive extra food in your WIC checks for up to a year after you have your baby. That’s just another way WIC helps keep both of you healthy.
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