WIC & Breastfeeding
WIC is a very strong supporter of breastfeeding. There are many benefits given to fully breastfeeding and partially breastfeeding mothers. Fully breastfeeding mothers receive one of the largest food packages WIC offers, including tuna and salmon. Fully breastfed infants will receive infant cereal and double the amount of stage 2 fruit and vegetable infants foods. They will also receive infant meats starting at six months.
Fully and partially breastfeeding mothers are also eligible to receive WIC food benefits for one year after their baby's birth. For women who are breastfeeding, but choose to get formula for their infant, they will receive food benefits for six months after birth, but will still be eligible to receive lactation services for one year.
WIC offers several services to our breastfeeding mothers. We take any breastfeeding concerns during our normal business hours, and will do our best to get the issues resolved. If you have a preference as to whom with which you would like to speak, or you have a limited amount of time, we do recommend calling ahead to check your estimated wait time, and ensure that person is in the office.
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
WIC offers Breastfeeding Peer Counselor services to participants. This is a one-on-one support service for our breastfeeding mothers to help them reach their breastfeeding goals. The peer counselor is an experienced breastfeeding mother, with a phone line dedicated to their calls with concerns and questions.
Breast Pumps & Supplies
WIC does provide single manual hand pumps, and electric double pump systems to eligible WIC participants. There are guidelines to receive each of these. We also have several other breastfeeding supplies to assist with breastfeeding and infant latch. If you are interested in any of our breastfeeding supplies, please inquire and we will let you know what you would be eligible to receive. Breast pumps consults are on Mondays and Wednesdays.
MCAS Cherry Point
There is a visiting nurse who offers breastfeeding support through the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. If you are active duty military, or spouse, you can utilize this resource.
Additional Breastfeeding Resources
There are several local resources available for breastfeeding classes, support, breast pumps, and other breastfeeding supplies. View a comprehensive list of available services (PDF).