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BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT AND COUNSELING

                


Breastfeeding Support

The Clinton County WIC Program promotes and supports breastfeeding as the normal way of providing infants with the nutrition they need for healthy growth and development. 

From our supportive staff and Peer Counselor, to our pump program and enhanced packages, we celebrate breastfeeding. 


The Peer Counselor Program

As a new mom, it is hard to know what to expect. You may feel a little nervous about nursing or have lots of questions.  A Peer Counselor is here to help!

Our Peer Counselor has personal experience with breastfeeding and is trained to provide information and support.  You will find this friendly mom is available to meet with you during some clinic hours, by appointment or on the phone evening and weekends.  She works closely with the WIC programís IBCLC to help you meet your breastfeeding goals. 

The Peer Counseling program is offered free to all WIC families and a peer counselor can be requested at any time during your pregnancy or while breastfeeding. 

Learn more about the loving support a peer counselor can provide in this video
 


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"Breastfeeding...A Bond of Love"
Gives babies security, love and food all at once!


NOTE: The EPA has issued a "fish and shellfish" warning for pregnant or nursing women. Please read for important details.

                          
 


The Breast Pump Program

WIC staff or the Breastfeeding Coordinator, can help with questions or concerns about breastfeeding and, if needed, help you obtain a breast pump or nursing aid at no cost.  We follow guidelines to determine which of a variety of pumps will suit the needs of the mother and baby.

The State guidelines are based on a mother's plans for exclusively breastfeeding and the number of hours spent at work or school.

To learn more about the different varieties of breast pumps, their parts, and how they work, see our videos:

Benefits of Breastfeeding

  • It has the perfect balance of nutrients.

  • Breastmilk contains antibodies that protect your baby.

  • It is easy for the baby to digest.

  • It is environmentally friendly.

  • It creates an intimate mother-child bond.

Beyond the emotional, health and financial benefits of breastfeeding, fully and mostly breastfeeding WIC mothers receive a larger food package for a longer period of time.  Breastfed babies get more food too! Families with breastfeeding babies get three times more jarred foods at 6 months than those that are receiving formula. 


What are the State Laws for Protecting Breastfeeding?

Click here for an external link to the NYS Breastfeeding Bill of Rights.
 

Looking to Learn More about Breastfeeding?

Breastfeedingpartners.org is a website designed just for mothers wanting to stay up to date with the most current breastfeeding information and resources. Read up on topics such as:

  • 101 Reasons to Breastfeed Your Child

  • Getting "Off to a Good Start"

  • How to balance breastfeeding with work and school

...and many more interesting and informative topics!


Contact Us

To receive more information on local nutritional programs, call or visit us at

Clinton County Health Department
Division of Health Planning and Promotion

133 Margaret Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Tel: (518) 565-4993


 

   
                                                                                                                                                          
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