Breastfeeding

WIC recognizes breastfeeding as the ideal nutrition for infants – the best practice is to breastfeed your baby for at least one year.

  • Breastfeeding: the practice of feeding a mother’s breast milk to her infant(s) on the average of at least once per day
  • Exclusive Breastfeeding: the infant receives only breast milk and nothing else

The benefits of breastfeeding for your child include:

  • Developing a unique mother-child bond
  • Protecting your baby from illness
  • Providing the perfect food for your baby

Breastfeeding is healthy for Mothers

  • Lower risk of:
  • Premenopausal breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Improves bonding
  • Lowers healthcare costs
  • Convenient

Breastfeeding reduces baby’s risk of:

  • Obesity
  • Ear infection
  • Respiratory infection
  • Gastrointestinal infection
  • Skin conditions
  • Type 1 and 2 diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

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For moms who breastfeed, WIC provides extra nutritious foods. Plus, if you return to work or school, breast pumps are available.  If you have any questions, please contact our WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator or Breastfeeding Peer Counselors using our Breastfeeding Hotline at (684) 633-9839 from Mondays to Fridays at 7:30 am to 3:00 pm with the exception of holidays and weekends.

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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