Research has shown that breast milk is the best food for baby's first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, and economical benefits to mother and baby. Since a major goal of the WIC Program is to improve the nutritional status of infants, the WIC Program encourages WIC mothers to choose breastfeeding in the following ways:
- WIC mothers are provided with breastfeeding information and support.
- Breastfeeding mothers are eligible to participate in WIC longer than non-breastfeeding mothers.
- Mothers who exclusively breastfeed receive a larger amount and variety of foods.
- WIC breastfeeding mothers can receive a pump and other breastfeeding items if needed to help support the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding.
- To help strengthen the network among interested health care professionals who provide breastfeeding support to mothers in Alabama, WIC mothers are provided access to the Alabama Breastfeeding Resource Guide.
Surgeon General's Call to Action
In January 2011, Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin issued the Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, outlining several steps to be taken to remove obstacles faced by women who breastfeed. The plan addresses issues such as lack of support at home, lack of information on breastfeeding, and lack of support in the workplace.