Breastfeeding

WIC recognizes breastfeeding as the ideal nutrition for infants – the best practice is to breastfeed your baby for at least one year. The benefits of breastfeeding for your child include:

  • Developing a unique mother-child bond
  • Protecting your baby from illness
  • Providing the perfect food for your baby

►WIC provides breastfeeding information, support, and counseling to mothers during pregnancy. After delivery, our Certified Lactation Counselors continue to assist mothers and babies to successfully breastfeed. No appointment is necessary. For moms who breastfeed, WIC provides extra nutritious foods. Plus, if you return to work or school, breast pumps may be available.

List of Local Breastfeeding Resources

Better for Your Baby

  • Protects your baby from obesity
  • Lowers the risk of your baby developing allergies
  • Easy to digest and full of the nutrients your baby needs
  • Protects your baby from getting sick and helps prevent ear infections
  • Lowers your baby’s risk of having diabetes, asthma, and cancer
  • Helps develop healthy attachment between mother and child

Better for You

  • Helps you lose weight – breastfeeding burns 500-700 calories a day
  • Protects you from iron deficiency and helps you feel stronger
  • Reduces your risk of getting cancer, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and endometrial cancers
  • Reduces your risk of osteoporosis
  • Saves you hundreds of dollars that you would have to spend on formula

Benefits of Breastfeeding

There are many benefits to breastfeeding. Some are more beneficial to the mother, while others are more important to the baby.

  • Breastfeeding requires no special preparation.
  • Breastmilk is fresh, clean and at the right temperature.
  • Breastmilk is nutritionally superior to any alternative.
  • Breastmilk is the least allergic of any food for a baby.
  • Breastmilk has many special substances that protect against infection.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to be overfed.
  • Breastfeeding causes the mother’s uterus to contract. This helps her body return to its pre-pregnancy shape.
  • Breastfeeding promotes good jaw and tooth development.
  • Breastmilk is easy to digest and is gentle on the baby’s stomach.
  • Breastfeeding may help protect the mother against breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Breastfeeding generally costs less than commercial formulas.
  • Since there are usually no containers to wash, heat or dispose of with breastmilk, breastfeeding may have a positive environmental impact.
  • Breastfeeding promotes a close mother-baby bond.
  • Breastfeeding may help a mother return to her pre-pregnancy weight sooner.

For more information or immediate assistance with breastfeeding questions contact the Cascade City-county WIC Program at 454-6953 or wic@cascadecountymt.gov.