WIC knows that breastfeeding can be challenging in the beginning, which is why we're here to help every step of the way. Having support during pregnancy and in the early days after birth is important, so WIC offers 'Mother to Mother' Peer Counselor support at all 35 local WIC programs. Peer Counselors have training in breastfeeding support, but more importantly they are moms who have breastfed their babies.

Massachusetts WIC also offers individual breastfeeding care before and after a baby is born, as well as assistance accessing breast pumps. Asking questions during pregnancy and meeting other moms from the community helps a breastfeeding mom be more successful, so many WIC programs offer prenatal breastfeeding classes and breastfeeding support groups after the baby is born. When WIC families choose to breastfeed, they get more food each month.

Many people don't realize how many breastfeeding resources WIC offers families and that they can contact us with questions. Breastfeeding? Just ask! WIC. We know breastfeeding.

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This information is provided by the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program within the Department of Public Health.