Breastfeeding issues and problems are very common, and WIC has Breastfeeding Coordinators on staff that are specifically trained to offer support, along with a hotline that can be used any time day or night. With our tips, training, and the free use of breast pumps, we can help you and your baby become more comfortable and relaxed throughout the breastfeeding stage, and help you get back to work while breastfeeding.
WIC Breastfeeding Support Services Include:
• Free appointments with Certified Lactation Counselors.
• Free breastfeeding classes: Designed to help new mothers establish and maintain a breastfeeding routine, with tips and techniques that works for both them and their child. All classes are held at the Gallatin City-County Health Department located at 215 W. Mendenhall in Bozeman. To register for a class or for more information, please call (406) 582-3100.
• Free breast pump rentals and training to help you get back to work or school while breastfeeding.
• A 24-hour breastfeeding hotline to help you resolve any issues any time.
• Educational materials and referrals within the community.
• Information to help you make an informed decision about whether or not to breastfeed.
• Help with nursing through pregnancy, tandem nursing, weaning, extended nursing, and more.
• WIC provides formula to babies unable to be breastfed.
Lactation Education Program
The Lactation Education Program creates networks of support for pregnant and breastfeeding families in rural communities across Gallatin, Park and Madison counties. These services include a 24-hour hotline, tele-health visits with a lactation professional, clinic visits in their community when available, home-visiting lactation consultations, monthly Baby Bistro peer support and breastfeeding classes. resources and assistance is also provided to health care professionals and to employers working to meet the needs of breastfeeding employees. For more information go to: Lactation Education.
Did you know that breastfeeding is not only the most budget-friendly way to feed your infant (actually it’s free!), but it’s also the healthiest? Studies have proven that breastfeeding can protect the lifelong health of mother and child, and the longer a mother breastfeeds the better it is for both.
• Healthier children due to the antibodies in breast milk that boost immune systems naturally
• Reduced rates of childhood allergies
• Less doctor and dentist visits
• Reduced rates of breast and ovarian cancers for women who breastfeed
• Convenience, as breastfeeding mothers don’t have to worry about packing food or formula; they can feed a hungry baby anywhere
• Huge savings, as breastfeeding parents don’t have to pay for formula or food for infants under six months