As a mother, one of the best things that only you can do for your baby is to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is more than a lifestyle choice - it is an important healthy choice. Any amount of time that you spend breastfeeding will help both you and your baby. Although breastfeeding isn't the only option for feeding your baby. Every mother has the potential to succeed and make breastfeeding a wonderful experience. WIC strongly encourages new mothers to breastfeed, as breast milk is widely acknowledged to be the most complete form of nutrition for infants with a wide range of benefits for both infants and mothers.
Breast milk is perfect for babies because:
Best nutrition possible
Easy to digest and initiates rapid growth
Reduces the risk of ear infections, SIDs, diarrhea, and RSV
Helps prevent chronic diseases including diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and cancer
Promotes brain growth for a smarter infant and child
Breast milk is ideal for moms because:
It is always ready and at the right temperature.
There is nothing to purchase, measure, or mix.
You can satisfy your baby’s hunger right away.
It promotes weight loss after pregnancy.
It prevents chronic diseases including cancer and osteoporosis.
Breast milk is good for families:
Breastfed babies are ready to play and are more fun for Dad, brothers, and sisters.
Breastfed babies are healthier so Mom and Dad don’t have to miss work.
Breastfeeding saves money - between $1,100 and $3,900 depending upon the brand of formula.
Breastmilk is always ready to go so there is nothing extra to carry.
Breastfeeding doesn’t pollute the environment.
WIC will help you achieve your breastfeeding goals. We have a certified breastfeeding educator to answer questions and assist you with problems. We will help you provide your baby with the perfect food you make.