Benefits for baby
Breast milk is the perfect, most natural food for babies, it’s easy to digest and breastfed babies are healthier with fewer infections and illnesses. Also, breastfeeding helps your baby develop.
Benefits for Mom
Breastfeeding helps you loose the baby weight and get back to your pre-baby body. Breastfeeding lowers your risk of certain kinds of cancer, and osteoporosis.Breastfeeding your baby is great for mother-baby bonding and it’s shown that moms and babies both enjoy breastfeeding.
Benefits for the whole family
Breastfeeding saves money and time.There are no formula or bottle costs and healthier babies means less trips to the doctor and less medications.Breastfed babies are easy to pack up and go, no bottles taking up space in the diaper bag.
FAQ’S About Breastfeeding
Can I make enough milk?
- The size of your breasts
- Whether your mom or grandmother was able to breastfeed
- The kinds of food you eat
The amount of milk you make is affected by:
- Breastfeeding early (right after delivery) and often
- Letting your baby tell you when he is full, rather than using a clock
- Making sure your baby is latched on well to most effectively obtain milk
Peer Counseling | we’re here to help
The ITCN WIC peer counseling program was designed to help WIC mothers that are breastfeeding or considering breastfeeding with any issues and concerns that may arise before or after baby is born.
Breastfeeding peer counseling program
Congratulations on your decision to breastfeed your baby! You and your baby will both benefit from the experience of breastfeeding. However, along the way you may encounter a problem or two and that’s where our Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program can help.
The program was designed to help WIC mothers that are breastfeeding or considering breastfeeding with any issues and concerns that may arise before or after baby is born. Our program has four Peer Counselors who are available via telephone from 8am-9pm, 6 days a week (Mon.-Sat.). One of our counselors is bilingual. Remember, if it is an emergency, dial 911 immediately! In addition to the Peer Counselors, WIC offers a Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) who can assist with any questions or problems that may require extra attention. Our Peer Counselors are trained to answer any general breastfeeding inquiries. They also have a referral guide for programs such as Medicaid or Food Stamps if any additional assistance is needed. All information in the Peer Counselor Program will be kept confidential.[/vc_column_text]
How the program works
After signing up with the program at WIC, our Peer Counselors will contact you via telephone to see how you are doing and answer any questions.
Meet the peer counselors
Brittni Lents is the BFPC Coordinator at ITCN WIC. There are two BFPC; Marlen Izquierdo ( bilingual in English and Spanish) and Andrea Lalen-Kasten. They have experience and overcome various breastfeeding problems. They want to help other mothers continue breastfeeding. Breastfeeding and prenatal classes are held every month. Call and schedule an appointment if you are interested in any of these classes.
Numbers to remember:
National Breastfeeding Hotline:
La Leche League Hotline:
Renown Medical Center:
(775) 353-BABY (2229)