Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is good for mom and breast milk is the perfect food for your baby. Breast milk is easier to digest. Breastfed babies get sick less often. Breastfed babies have:

  • Fewer infections
  • Less tooth decay
  • Fewer allergy problems
  • Fewer earaches
  • Less weight problems

 

Did you know that a newborn baby's stomach is only about the size of a walnut? Because their stomach is so small it is normal for a newborn to feed often (every 1.5 to 3 hours). Many new moms just need reassurance that their infants feeding schedule is no different than other breastfed infants.

The staff of your WIC clinic are there for you, to answer any questions you might have. WIC staff are trained to help moms with breastfeeding questions and offer needed support.

Breast milk is the only thing baby needs for the first 6 months. Your breast milk changes over time to meet your baby's needs. At 6 months breastfed babies receive iron fortified cereal, baby food fruits and vegetables.

Breastfeeding mothers also receive extra foods to nourish mom at this important time. Click below to view the food packages.

 

PDF Breastfeeding mom and baby food package