Caldwell County WIC Office
   

Breastfeeding

WIC and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly support breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding is recommended exclusively for the first six months, continued breastfeeding for the first year, and then for as long as mother and baby decide to continue.

WIC encourages all moms to breastfeed their infants by offering breastfeeding education and assistance.  Assistance is provided by a breastfeeding peer counselor and WIC nutritionists who are Certified Breastfeeding Educators.

Additional services provide through our local WIC agency include:

Breast pump Loan Program

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program

The Risks of Not Breastfeeding

Commonly the benefits of breastfeeding are talked about when speaking to mom's about their options for feeding their new baby.  We have come to understand that only talking about the benefits of breastfeeding does not provide moms with the clearest picture about what their options are or how it may affect their health, and the health of their baby through their lives.

Children who are formula fed are more at risk for lowered nutritional health, overall growth, development, and survival, compared to infants who are only breastfed.

Not breastfeeding increases the infant's risk for:
  • Dying from SIDS
  • Being both overweight and obese
  • Ear infections
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Allergies
and much, much more....
Not breastfeeding also increases the infant's response to pain.

Many other risks are increased when an infant is not breastfed.  How a mother chooses to feed her baby does make a difference!  See the resources listed below for additional information.
 
ILCA Publication: "Risks of Not Breastfeeding" authored by Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN and Rachelle Lessen, MS, RD, IBCLC (2011)

Breastmilk Counts - Good For Mom's & Babies
Website is full of useful and reliable information for moms about breastfeeding from Texas Department of State Health Services WIC Program

Useful Links About Breastfeeding:

 This website is maintained by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  She includes "Hot Topics" related to breastfeeding, articles, blogs, and forums.

 http://www.kellymom.com

A Federal Government website for women with a broad range of information about breastfeeding, including the following resources:
 
Your Guide to Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding - Frequently Asked Questions

Features the answer center, videos, celebrities' personal stories with breastfeeding and forums.

http://www.breastfeeding.com  

Offical website of the Le Leche League, offering breastfeeding support with online chats, forums, and links to find support meetings near you.

Breastmilkcounts.com Offers information on breastfeeding basics, feeding premature or multiple infants, and breastfeeding for the working mother.

www.breastmilkcounts.com 

Find recent articles on breastfeeding topics as well as online support.

www.breastfeedingonline.com  

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