Research has shown that there is no better food than breast milk for a baby’s first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, economical 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 breastfeed their infants. WIC has historically promoted breastfeeding to all pregnant women as the optimal infant feeding choice, unless medically contraindicated.
The Webster County Health Unit has an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) on staff to assist with breastfeeding education, questions and concerns. Services are provided to all women at no cost, regardless of their enrollment in WIC.
An IBCLC counselor is also availalble to resolve breastfeeding issues. During regular business hours, call 417-859-2532. After hours call the Health Unit’s Breastfeeding Support Hotline at 417-380-2691.
Manual pumps are available to WIC clients at no cost. Hospital-grade electric pumps are available with a $45.00 cash deposit, of which $25.00 is refunded when the breastpump is returned in keeping with the terms of the contract.
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