For assistance or questions
Please call 920-683-4526
Monday thru Thursday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Manitowoc County WIC Program encourages and supports breastfeeding as the best way to feed your baby, with significant benefits for infants and mothers.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Many medicines are safe while breastfeeding. Your WIC clinic can refer you to a Breastfeeding Specialist who may answer your specific questions.
It is the policy of Manitowoc County to comply with the equal opportunity policy and standards of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, the Department of Health Services and the Department of Workforce Development and all applicable state and federal statutes and regulations relating to nondiscrimination in employment and service delivery.