By Mary-Kathryn Craft
DHEC’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program encourages moms to breastfeed their babies for the best start.
But it isn’t always easy, especially when moms must return to work, school or have premature babies still in the hospital. That’s why WIC offers an array of support services ranging from one-on-one help from peer counselors in the hospital shortly after mom gives birth to ongoing classes, support groups and encouraging phone calls and text messages.
Breastfeeding, which is being highlighted in August with National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, improves health by protecting moms and babies from a variety of diseases. It also is an effective way to fight childhood obesity.
WIC breastfeeding peer counselors, certified lactation counselors, registered dietitians and other staff this summer completed training on the latest in breastfeeding research and best practices on how to teach moms effective ways to use a breast pump.
More than 180 staff members from throughout the state attended the trainings held in Florence, Greenville, Lexington, and Walterboro.
For more information on breastfeeding resources and support from WIC, visit this page.
Find a WIC clinic near you here.
To find an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant near you, visit this site.