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WIC Breastfeeding Services

 

The WIC Program is committed to helping families have positive, successful breastfeeding experiences.

Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed your baby. Your milk has all the ingredients in the right amounts to give your baby a healthy start. Your milk is always ready and easy to digest. Nursing helps you relax and feel close to your baby. Breastfeeding is a gift only you can give to your child and it provides benefits to your baby that last a lifetime! 


The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages mothers to provide only mother's milk for the first 6 months and to continue to give mother's milk while giving other family foods for at least 12 months and beyond, as long as desired by both mother and infant/child.



What are some of the health benefits of breastfeeding?

  • Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses, including diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia.

  • Breastfed babies are less likely to develop asthma.

  • Children who are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese.

  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

  • Mothers who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

     

 

FREE Breastfeeding Resources for WIC Moms

·             Access to breastfeeding support staff
·         Breast pumps are available to moms who are returning to work or school.
·         Monthly breastfeeding classes

 

Breastfeeding check list for your hosptal stay (English)  (Spanish)

Additional Breastfeeding Resources: Maryland  WIC Breastfeeding Services