Breastfeeding Support

The BRDHD supports the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that breastfeeding is the best and only nutrition necessary for baby’s first 6-months of life.  For basic breastfeeding skills, support and encouragement the BRDHD’s WIC program, HANDS program, and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors can all provide assistance with basic breastfeeding. WIC moms who experience difficulty beyond basic breastfeeding help may be scheduled for a lactation appointment with a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), and moms with more serious problems may be referred to an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).

Breastfeeding Peer Counselors

Your Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a WIC mother who lives in your community and has had a successful breastfeeding experience. Peer counselors provide basic information and support for WIC mothers during pregnancy and throughout the breastfeeding experience. She has been carefully selected by WIC to give new mothers information about feeding their babies. Our peer counselors are available by cell phone 24/7. That’s what it’s all about….Moms helping Moms! If you are a WIC client and interested in the peer counselor program please ask someone at your next WIC appointment so that you can get signed up.

Breastpumps

Nursing moms on WIC may qualify for a personal electric breastpump, if they are returning to work and/or school. These pumps are not issued until your baby is 4-6 weeks of age, and appointments are often scheduled 4 weeks in advance. Therefore, call for your appointment as soon as the baby is born requesting the appointment date for when your baby turns 4 weeks old. It’s important to have a couple of weeks to get used to using the pump and to increase your milk supply prior to your return to work or school.

Rental Hospital-Grade Pumps

These hospital grade pumps are meant for moms whose babies are not nursing effectively and therefore their milk supply is at risk. These special pumps are too expensive to buy and must be rented when necessary. WIC moms may qualify for a rental pump to be issued in special situations and rental fees are covered by WIC for a limited time period.  The hospital may determine if you are in need of this type of special pump.