WIC can Help You with Breastfeeding!

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week With Us!

August 1-7, 2013 marks the global celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, an annual event that draws attention to the health impact of breastfeeding for both babies and mothers. On August 6 at 1pm, Cascade City-County Health Department’s (CCHD) Family Health Services Division will be recognizing the importance of the week with a local celebration. Moms, grandmas, families, and all breastfeeding supporters in the community are invited to join in on a fun stroll that will start at CCHD and go through the downtown area. After the walk, the group will return to CCHD at about 1:30pm for refreshments and a short celebration to promote the importance of breastfeeding. Along with cake, balloons and prizes, participants will be offered information, encouragement and awareness of breastfeeding in Cascade County.

On August 7 at 10:30am and 5:30pm there will be Latch-In groups for breastfeeding families. These two chat groups will meet at Gibson Park at the band shelter for discussion, activity, and refreshment in support of World Breastfeeding Week.

Contact Lorrie at 761-9890 or Davida at 791-9298 to learn more about these fun events!

 

How Can WIC Help You With Breastfeeding? 

  • 5 Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs): Certified Lactation Counselors have successfully completed a 40 hour training course and passed a test administered by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. They can help with any aspect of the transition from the hospital to home and throughout the duration of breastfeeding.
  • 1 Breastfeeding Peer Counselor: A breastfeeding counselor can teach others about the benefits of breastfeeding and help women with basic breastfeeding challenges and questions. A “peer” means a person has breastfed her own baby and is available to help other mothers.
  • One-on-One Personal Support: CLCs are available to help with latch and other breastfeeding challenges during regular office hours. In addition, our Breastfeeding Peer Counselor can be available by email, text messaging, phone or home visit.
  • Mother-to-Mother Support: Other breastfeeding mothers can be a great source of support. Mothers can share tips and offer one another encouragement.  Come and enjoy our bi-weekly Breastfeeding Support Group (every other Wednesday 10:30am and 5:30pm) and exchange information and experiences and hear inspiring stories from other breastfeeding mothers. Our WIC Breastfeeding Counselor has a variety of fun activities and learning opportunities waiting for you. Become a voice for breastfeeding and inspire and educate other new mothers about the wonderful benefits of breastfeeding.
  • Breast Pump Program: WIC may help with breast pumps for working mothers or mothers attending school.
  • Breastfeeding Education: CLCs teach pregnant women and new mothers how to have a successful experience with breastfeeding.
  • Nutritious Food Benefits: Exclusively breastfeeding moms receive extra foods from WIC to support their nutritional needs. Exclusively breastfed babies receive additional fruits, vegetables, meat and cereal from 6 through 12 months of age.

    Breastfeeding Food Benefits

     

 Benefits of Breastfeeding

 There are many benefits to breastfeeding. Some are more beneficial to the mother, while others are more important to the baby. Click here to learn about the many benefits of breastfeeding.

For more information contact the WIC program at 454-6953 or wic@cascadecountymt.gov. You may also call Lorrie, the WIC Breastfeeding Counselor, directly at 761-9890.