Health Department's WIC Program Celebrates Breastfeeding Week
Aug 1, 2016 11:51 AM -
In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, the DuPage County Health Department is reminding mothers that the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program, offers support, encouragement and education to eligible mothers about the numerous benefits of breastfeeding their babies. The DuPage County Health Department's WIC program, funded through a grant program from the Illinois Department of Human Services, strives to educate and make new mothers comfortable with breastfeeding. Many new mothers have questions and concerns about breastfeeding. Trained specialists on staff conduct breastfeeding classes and counseling. The class gives first-time mothers a chance to talk to other WIC mothers who have breastfed. The Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program provides pregnant and breastfeeding women with breastfeeding education throughout their pregnancy and after delivery. Breastfeeding Peer Counselors visit moms during their hospital stay to provide encouragement and peer support.