Post Content

Lynn

 

Posted by:

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. 

 

Written By:

Recent Posts

Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA posted on Apr 23

Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA

Registration for the 19th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference is open! This event, to be held May 20, 2014 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA attracts professionals from local public health organizations, long-term-care facilities, pharmacies, college health, hospitals, physician practices, community health centers, employers, health   …Continue Reading Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA

Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014 posted on Apr 18

This week’s flu report shows a late-season increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state – an indication of the unpredictability of flu and a reminder of the importance of taking simple measures to stop the spread of illness in our homes and communities.   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014

DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse posted on Apr 15

DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse

Last week, the Department hosted the first in a series of statewide Town Hall Meetings that will examine what can be done to prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth.  Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Director Hilary Jacobs was joined at the   …Continue Reading DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse