How WIC Can Help with Breastfeeding

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WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program that also provides breastfeeding information, support, and assistance. In addition, WIC offers a positive clinic environment that supports breastfeeding.


WIC mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants, unless medically contraindicated.

  • WIC mothers choosing to breastfeed are provided information through counseling, support groups, and breastfeeding educational materials.
  • Breastfeeding mothers receive follow-up support through breastfeeding peer counselors.
  • Breastfeeding mothers are eligible to participate in WIC longer than non-breastfeeding mothers.
  • Breastfeeding mothers can receive breast pumps and other supplies to help with the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding.
  • Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their infants receive an enhanced food package.​

The quantities of food you can get depend on whether you will be exclusively or partially breastfeeding. The breastfeeding infants' package includes jar baby fruits and vegetables at 6 months of age (and if exclusively breastfed, jar baby meats at 9 months of age).

To learn more about the WIC food packages for breastfeeding women and their babies, read these fliers:

If you need assistance with breastfeeding or have general WIC questions, please contact your local public health department .

Additional Free Breastfeeding Educational Materials

To receive a free copy of the materials below, just ask your WIC staff.

If you are an organization that would like to order a large quantity of the above materials, please visit our Educational Materials Library .

To learn more about breastfeeding benefits, tips, and breast pumping:

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WIC (Supplemental Nutrition)