Why WIC Promotes Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is GOOD for families.
WIC provides formula, but with a disclamer:
Mother's milk and formula - Not the same, not even close!
Read more about the health risks of formula.
Giving mother's milk only
The benefits of breastfeeding depend on whether the mother fully or partially breastfeeds. Supplementing with formula reduces the amount of mother's milk an infant receives. The more formula a mother gives, the less mother's milk her infant receives. This results in fewer health benefits and more health risks.
- Full breastfeeding = Most benefits
- Partial breastfeeding = Some benefits
- Mostly formula feeding = Least benefits
Mother's Milk for the First Year
The health benefits of breastfeeding are also related to how long a mother nurses. Although any amount of breastfeeding is better than none at all, long term breastfeeding reaps long term rewards. Breastfeeding for a few weeks provides protection from illness while the infant is nursing. Breastfeeding a few months provides protection from illness and less allergies. Breastfeeding a year or more decreases incidence of allergies, obesity and diabetes - health benefits which can last a lifetime.
Nursing a few weeks is Good Nursing a few months is Better Nursing a year or more is Best
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends only mother's milk for the first 6 months and to continue breastfeeding (along with introduction of solids) until the baby is 12 months old or longer.
How WIC promotes breastfeeding
- Fully breastfeeding mothers and infants receive the most WIC foods. For more detail, view food package flyer
Full Breastfeeding Food Package Full Formula Feeding Food Package
- WIC provides quality breast pumps to mothers who wish to provide expressed milk. The type of pump depends upon a woman's particular need. The value of the pump can range from $50 - $300.
- WIC staff receive special training in breastfeeding support. They are equipped to answer questions a mother may have about breastfeeding and resolve her concerns. For more information on how to breastfeed, view breastfeeding information
Mother's Milk for One Year!