A mother’s milk is the best food for babies. It has a perfect mix of protein, fat, water, vitamins, and is easy to digest. Antibodies, or special proteins, in breast milk boost your baby’s immune system, helping them fight off infections. Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of asthma, allergies, and obesity while moms save money, lose their pregnancy weight faster, and have a reduced risk of breast cancer.Benefits of Breastfeeding
How to Breastfeed
How often do babies need to eat? What is the best breastfeeding position for you and your baby? How do you know that your baby is eating enough? How long should you breastfeed?
Browse these videos to learn about breastfeeding in the comfort of your home:
The WIC breastfeeding guide is full of breastfeeding tips to get you off to a great start nursing your baby.WIC Breastfeeding Guide
Group Classes for Pregnant Parents
It’s never too early to start thinking about how you plan to feed your baby. Pregnant parents are invited to join a group class on Zoom at any time during their pregnancy. Class topics include the differences between breast milk and formula and tips for feeding your newborn.Learn More
The Hospital Experience
What should you do in the hospital to get off to a good start with breastfeeding?Learn More
Free Lactation Consultations
Many WIC Centers offer a free weekly breastfeeding help clinic for WIC participants. At these clinics, Lactation Consultants (or breastfeeding specialists) make sure your baby is latching on well and gaining weight. Call (888) 278-6455 to schedule an appointment at a WIC breastfeeding clinic.
Infant Feeding Helpline
Certified Lactation Educators and Lactation Consultants (breastfeeding specialists) answer your infant feeding questions Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Pacific time at (888) 278-6455.
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program
If you are currently pregnant and would like extra support with breastfeeding, a woman who has successfully breastfed her baby may be able to partner with you. Ask to join the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program at your WIC center. Your specially trained Breastfeeding Peer Counselor will be part of your support system until your baby is six months old.Learn More
Breastfeeding Support Groups on Zoom
Join a monthly breastfeeding support group on Zoom to connect and learn with other parents throughout your breastfeeding journey! Support groups are available in 6 different languages.Learn More
CinnaMoms Support Circles
CinnaMoms vision is to create a cultural space that promotes empowerment and self – transformation for Black/African American women through the PHFE WIC program. We host virtual support circles that provide ways to advocate for breastfeeding/chestfeeding, parenting, and health for the entire life course.
CinnaMoms support circles are currently being held virtually and our CinnaMoms Project Specialist help navigate the WIC process.Visit CinnaMoms.org
La Leche League
La Leche League is a national organization that hosts events and meetings to connect breastfeeding mothers.Find a group near you
Human Milk Banks
Human milk banks collect and process donated breast milk from parents who have more than what their baby needs. The milk is given to babies who cannot get enough milk from their parent primarily due to being premature or sick. Learn more about human milk banks and find one near you:
Is My Baby Getting Enough?
Often a new parent’s biggest concern is about how much and how often the baby breastfeeds. It’s nearly impossible to measure the milk, because it can’t be seen. However, there are signs that inform you that your baby is well fed. Here are some guidelines to help you know if your baby is getting enough.Is My Baby Getting Enough?
How Do I Keep Up A Good Milk Supply?
Breastfeed your baby — it is the best way to make more milk. The more often you breastfeed, the more milk you will make. Breastfeed often when you and your baby are together. Learn more.Learn More
Breastmilk Storage Guidelines
Learn more about breast milk storage and preparation.Learn More
Sore Nipples and Breastfeeding
Tender and sensitive nipples are normal as you begin breastfeeding your new baby. However, very
sore, cracked, or bleeding nipples are not. Usually this problem is related to the way your baby
latches on to the breast. It is important that your baby gets a big “mouthful” of the nipple and areola.
Are you going back to work, or do you need to pump your breast milk while you are away from your baby? WIC can provide you with a free manual and electric breast pumps to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. Nursing mothers should talk to their WIC center staff or call (888) 278-6455 to learn more.
Breastfeeding & Returning to Work or School
Many nursing mothers balance a work or school schedule while breastfeeding. You can too! Learn about pumping, storing your milk, setting up a support system, and laws that protect your right to pump at work or school.Learn More
How to Keep Your Breast Pump Kit Clean: Science Behind the Recommendations
Providing breast milk is one of the best things you can do for your baby’s health and development. Pumping your milk is one way to provide breast milk to your baby. However, germs can grow quickly in breast milk or breast milk residue that remains on pump parts. Providing breast milk is one of the best things you can do for your baby’s health and development. Pumping your milk is one way to provide breast milk to your baby. However, germs can grow quickly in breast milk or breast milk residue that remains on pump partsLearn More
Breastfeeding Resources for Professionals
For more breastfeeding information and resources, please contact us today.