|Talk to Me! Breastfeeding: A 3D Experience|
|Written by Beth Fornadley|
|Monday, 01 August 2011 10:15|
August 1-7 has been designated as World Breastfeeding Week. The theme is “Talk to Me! Breastfeeding - A 3D Experience.” Moms can stay connected with breastfeeding support by linking with other breastfeeding mothers, trained health care providers, WIC peer counselors, and parent support groups.
Many mothers are using the internet through computers and smart phones, and are staying connected through texting, websites, forums and blogs. “The connection between a mother and her support system can be the key to her breastfeeding success,” said Nancy Isaacs, WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. “Many women are flooded with information that is not always correct. By using digital resources to find a local trained lactation professional, women can sort through what is truth and what is fiction or misinformation.”
The WIC Program provides support for breastfeeding mothers in many ways, including providing a comfortable atmosphere and breastfeeding room for moms to breastfeed, loaning hospital grade electric pumps and providing electric breast pumps for working and student mothers to keep for those who qualify, providing other breastfeeding supplies for those who qualify, providing a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor who is available for support 24 hours a day-7 days a week, giving extra foods for Breastfeeding Women on WIC who are fully breastfeeding and not using formula, and educating women about the benefits of breastfeeding.
Employers and community agencies may support breastfeeding mothers by providing comfortable space for breastfeeding and pumping or supporting the employee in taking time to continue breastfeeding when returning to work.
For more information about how you can qualify for WIC and breastfeeding services contact the Watauga County WIC office at 828-264-6641;
The Wilkes County WIC office at (336) 651-7451;
The Ashe County WIC office at (336) 246-2013;
or the Alleghany County WIC office at (336) 372-5644.
WIC is an equal opportunity employer and provider.
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