Breastfeeding...we are here for you!

Manitowoc County WIC Program encourages and supports breastfeeding as the best way to feed your baby, with significant benefits for infants and mothers.

4 Breastfeeding Support workers
              Norma, Juli, Laura & Terri

Laura is our breastfeeding Coordinator.  Laura and Juli are both certified as Breastfeeding Specialists.  Terri is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  Norma is our Spanish translator and assists with Hispanic participants.  All four women are Mom's who have breastfed and want to help other moms succeed in nursing their babies.  They will provide you with information and encouragement, answer your questions, and tell you what you can expect in the first days and weeks after you have your baby.

What are the benefits of breastfeeding?    

All mothers and fathers want to give their babies the best start. Breastfeeding provides the best nutrition possible.  Studies have shown, and the American Academy of Pediatrics agrees that breast milk has ALL the nutrients your baby needs, and in just the right amounts for the first 6 months without adding water, formula, or solid foods. Babies should continue to breastfeed for a year and for as long as is mutually desired by the mother and baby. 

  • Breast milk helps protect the baby from many illnesses; earaches, colic, allergies, constipation, diarrhea, pneumonia, and diabetes to name a few.Woman breastfeeding baby with man next to her
  • Breastfeeding helps protect moms from breast and ovarian cancers, and osteoporosis.
  • Breastfeeding helps mom’s tummy and weight return to normal more quickly.  Breastfeeding women burn about 600 additional calories per day.
  • Breast milk is free and ecofriendly.
  • Breast milk is always available and always the right temperature and feeding can be done discreetly. 
  • Breast milk is portable and doesn’t require extra planning when you want to leave the house.
  • Breast milk is good for bonding; breastfeeding offers moms special moments to share with their baby.
  • Breast milk is good for relaxing, breastfeeding triggers the release of oxytocin (commonly called the maternal hormone), which helps relax both mother and infant.
  • Breastfed babies have seedy yellow stools with little odor.
Common Breastfeeding Questions:
How do I know baby is getting enough?                                                   

   Is baby having 6-8 wet diapers daily?  Is baby gaining weight?  Is baby eating 8-12 times daily?  If you answered yes, baby is getting enough food.  Did you know that we give weight checks at any time?! Give us a call and come on in!!

Do I need to change the way I eat?

Eat a normal healthy diet.  You don’t usually need to avoid any foods.  Continue to take your prenatal vitamins as long as you are breastfeeding.

What if I have to go back to school or work?

Because breast milk protects babies from so many illnesses, they will be healthier; therefore you are less likely to miss time from work or school.  You can usually pump, or hand-express your milk while at work or school.  If you need a pump or have questions while continuing to breastfeed, call us and we can help provide you with this!

What about dad and grandma?

They can help by bringing the baby to you to breastfeed.  They can burp the baby, bathe the baby, and help with diaper changes.  Special bonding times can be to take the baby out for a walk, playing, talking, singing, or reading with or to the baby.

What if I smoke?

It is best to breastfeed the baby.  Breast milk protects the baby against many of the harmful effects of smoking.  Formula does not.  Never smoke around the baby.  Smoke as little as possible but it’s always better not to smoke at all.  Smoke AFTER a feeding and not before.  More information on quitting smoking.

What if I have to take medicine?

Many medicines are safe while breastfeeding.  Your WIC clinic can refer you to a Breastfeeding Specialist who may answer your specific questions.

Great breastfeeding information resources:

Breastmilk Counts

Kelly Mom

Le Leche League