WIC’s breastfeeding services support you every step of the way
WIC provides individual breastfeeding services
While you’re pregnant and after your baby is born, you can meet with a WIC breastfeeding specialist or nutritionist. This is a good chance to talk with an expert who can answer your questions and give advice. Phone and video chat options are available!
Prenatal breastfeeding classes
These classes give you a chance to talk about how you want to feed your baby. You can ask questions and get answers before your baby is born. Classes help you know what to expect when you start to breastfeed, and they are a great way to meet other moms who are going through the same experience. Many programs have started to offer virtual classes and groups.
WIC has materials to answer the most commonly asked questions about breastfeeding. If there is something you want to learn about, ask us! Chances are we’ll have just the right resources for you.
Breastfeeding Peer Counselors
A WIC Peer Counselor is a mom—like you—who breastfed her baby. She may have had the same questions or problems that you have. She is trained to help you and your baby. And you can count on your Peer Counselor if you have questions. Peer counselors speak a variety of languages and can support you on the phone, by text, or even by video chat. Your Peer Counselor will be ready to help any time you need her, day or night. She can even talk to you while you are in the hospital.
Breastfeeding support groups
WIC helps new moms learn from each other in a group setting. Virtual groups are available at many WIC programs. Just ask!
Help getting pumps
Pumps can cost a lot! We will help you get a pump through your health insurance plan or our lending program. A Peer Counselor can also help you make a plan for pumping when you go back to work or school.
Extra food for nursing moms
To help you stay strong while you nourish your newborn, you’ll receive extra food in your WIC benefit package for up to a year after you have your baby. That’s just another way WIC helps keep you and your new baby healthy!
WIC. We know breastfeeding!
Breastfeeding is a gift only you can give your baby, but you don’t need to do it alone. WIC is here for you. To learn more about WIC’s Breastfeeding Support visit: www.mass.gov/wicbreastfeeding
WIC is a program for Women, Infants, and Children. We offer free services to Massachusetts families who qualify. WIC provides healthy food for nursing mothers, infants, and children. We offer support for breastfeeding mothers and education about nutrition and health.
To see if you qualify or to start an application online, visit us at www.mass.gov/wic