Why Breastfeed?

Breast 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.

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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?

Browse these videos to learn about breastfeeding in the comfort of your home:

The WIC breastfeeding guide is full of tips to get you off to a great start with breastfeeding.

WIC Breastfeeding guide

The Hospital Experience

What should you do in the hospital to get off to a good start with breastfeeding?

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Breastfeeding & Returning to Work or School

Many moms 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.

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Free Lactation Consultations

Many WIC Centers offer a free weekly breastfeeding 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.

Breast Pumps

Are you going back to work, or do you need to pump your breast milk while you are away from your baby? WIC has free manual and electric breast pumps to help moms reach their breastfeeding goals. Talk to your WIC center staff or call (888) 278-6455 to learn more.

WIC Breastfeeding Helpline

Certified Lactation Educators and Lactation Consultants (breastfeeding specialists) answer your breastfeeding questions Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 6:00 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.

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CinnaMoms Breastfeeding Support Group

CinnaMoms’ vision is to increase breastfeeding rates among African American women through the PHFE WIC program. We host support groups provide encouragement and a safe space to chat about historical feeding practices, perceptions of breastfeeding, familial feeding experiences, and the health benefits of breastfeeding.

CinnaMoms Breastfeeding Support Groups are held at five WIC Centers in Los Angeles, Inglewood, and Gardena.

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La Leche League

La Leche League is a national organization that hosts events and meetings to connect breastfeeding mothers.

Find a group near you

Resources for Professionals