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Breastfeeding: The Best Start in Life

Research shows that there is no better food than breast milk for a baby's first year of life.

Breastfeeding provides health, nutritional, and emotional benefits to mother and baby. Since a major goal of the WIC Program is to improve the nutritional status of infants, WIC mothers are encouraged to choose breastfeeding for good nutrition from the beginning.

Breastfeeding and the WIC Program

  • Breastfeeding mothers are eligible to participate in WIC longer than non-breastfeeding mothers.
  • Breastfeeding mothers receive follow-up support through peer counselors.
  • Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their infants receive an enhanced food package.
  • Breastfeeding mothers can receive breast pumps, breast shells, or nursing supplementers to help support their breastfeeding.

Video

Watch our video Breastfeeding: Another Way of Saying "I Love You" full size on-line, or just click on the video image at right for a preview. Video speed will vary depending on your connection's speed.

To order one or more copies of our breastfeeding video on DVD, call the WIC Office at 601-991-6000 (1-800-545-6747) or send e-mail to web@healthyms.com.

More Information

Contact the Breastfeeding Program

WIC Breastfeeding Program Coordinator
Mississippi State Department of Health
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700

Phone: 601-991-6000
Toll-free: 1-800-545-6747

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Mississippi State Department of Health 570 East Woodrow Wilson Dr Jackson, MS 39216 866-HLTHY4U web@HealthyMS.com
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