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WIC Breastfeeding Connections

Deciding how you are going to feed your baby is one of the most important decisions you will have to make as a new parent.  Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby and we are here to support you along your breastfeeding journey.  Remember, your body nourished your baby continuously in utero so the concept of being hungry is new to your baby.  Breastfeeding will be a learning experience for both of you.

Some women look forward to the chance to breastfeed and have a support system that will allow them to feel confident.   Other women may worry, especially if they don't have the support of their families and friends. 

This website is intended to be a resource for you to get answers to your questions and address your concerns.  

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                            The Milky Way   

Our word galaxy comes from the Greek word gala meaning "mother's milk" . . . legend has it that the Milky Way was formed from the milk spurting from the breasts of the Greek goddess Hera, Queen of Heaven.  Where drops fell to earth, fields of lilies sprung forth.

What is a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor? 

Can my baby's father still be involved? 

What is the difference between breastmilk and formula?  

What are the benefits of breastfeeding? 

Does breast size matter? 

How do I get breastfeeding off to a good start? 

How do I know if my baby is hungry? 

Will WIC provide me with a breast pump? 

How long should a feeding last? 

How often should I feed the baby? 

How do I know if my baby is getting enough?

 Who can I call for help? 

Nominate an individual or business for a breastfeeding friendly award by clicking here.


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