Good nutrition is important throughout our lives. It is especially important during infancy and childhood because of its effect on growth and development.
Breastmilk is good nutrition. It protects your baby from illness and infection and promotes his brain development. It reduces the risk of ear infections, diabetes, obesity, leukemia, SIDS/SUID and increases IQ scores. Many of the important ingredients in breastmilk are not found in artificial baby milk.
Breastmilk is very easily digested and changes daily to meet your baby's nutritional needs. It also helps in other ways. Breastfeeding creates a close emotional bond between you and your baby. It improves your baby's oral and facial development. And it lowers your risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial (uterine) cancer and osteoporosis later in life.
By breastfeeding, you are doing something that only you can do for your baby.
WIC Peer Counselor Program
- Peer counselors are former WIC participants who have a passion for breastfeeding and helping others.
- They are trained to counsel and assist mothers with breastfeeding education and challenges.
- The peer counselor will contact WIC mothers to discuss breastfeeding before the baby is born and follow you through your breastfeeding experience.
- They can make home visits; teach classes, conduct support groups make phone calls seven days a week.
- If you are enrolled in the WIC Program you are eligible to work with a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor.
- Ask your WIC Nutritionist for a referral to the program or call 574-6511 if you want to have a counselor assigned to you.
Call your local WIC office or 502-574-6676 for breastfeeding help.
How to Get Your Baby to Latch-On: Ameda's excellent 5-minute video describing how to get your baby latched on comfortably.
Laid Back Breastfeeding: This clip shows how a mother uses the biologically nurturing laid back position for breastfeeding her newborn.
University of Louisville Hospital’s video on Kangaroo Care: The importance of skin-to-skin care for newborns.
National Breastfeeding Hotline
1 (800) 994-9662
Call your WIC Peer Counselor
Downloadable Materials and Links to other Breastfeeding Websites
Advantages of Breastfeeding
Common Questions Asked About Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding Special Situations
How To Express and Store Breast Milk
Breastfeeding As Baby Grows
Breastfeeding Resource Guide
Managing Basic Problems
Nutrition During Breastfeeding
Nipples-Health and Problem
My Pyramid tips for Breastfeeding
The Kentucky Breastfeeding Website
Holding your baby
Medications and Breastfeeding
Resources and Support
For pregnant and nursing mothers and families: