The Louisiana WIC Program
WIC Provides Breastfeeding Support and Education!
To find a WIC clinic near you visit www.LABreastfeedingSupport.org. You can also call 1-800-251-BABY (2229) to find WIC clinics and other resources in your area.
WIC is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children (under 5 years old).
The Louisiana Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) provides breastfeeding education and support to its participants and the community in a variety of ways. WIC has Designated Breastfeeding Coordinators, nurses, nutritionists, health educators, nutrition educators and the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program to help counsel moms on how to make different breastfeeding strategies work for them.
WIC clinics also provide breast pumps to mothers needing assistance with breastfeeding due to premature and hospitalized infants, other medical or breastfeeding problems and returning to work or school while breastfeeding.
WIC also partners with breastfeeding entities, such as the LBC, local breastfeeding coalitions and maternal and child health agencies to recruit businesses statewide to become breastfeeding-friendly worksites and increase community support for breastfeeding.
In 2010, LA WIC program received a “WIC Breastfeeding Performance Bonus Award” of $259,710 from the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in recognition for “the greatest improvement in breastfeeding rates in the nation for larger state agencies.” The money paid for a statewide breastfeeding outreach campaign.
LA WIC’s continued community outreach/partnerships to improve support for breastfeeding include the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals- Office of Public Health-Bureau of Family Health’s programs, Healthy Start, Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition and local breastfeeding coalitions. The WIC Program is funded by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), a Federal agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, responsible for administering the WIC Program at the national and regional levels. Click here to learn more about the WIC Program.