How WIC Can Help with Breastfeeding

Baby boy in sage green onesie breasfeeding with his mom, an African American woman with long, dark curly hair who is wearing a beige cardigan

Need help? If you have difficulty understanding English or have a disability, free language assistance or other aids and services are available upon request. Please contact your local WIC clinic.

WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program that also provides breastfeeding information, support, and assistance. In addition, WIC offers a positive clinic environment that supports breastfeeding.

WIC mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants, unless medically contraindicated.

  • WIC mothers choosing to breastfeed are provided information through counseling, support groups, and breastfeeding educational materials.
  • Breastfeeding mothers receive follow-up support through breastfeeding peer counselors.
  • Breastfeeding mothers are eligible to participate in WIC longer than non-breastfeeding mothers.
  • Breastfeeding mothers can receive breast pumps and other supplies to help with the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding.
  • Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their infants receive an enhanced food package.​

WIC Food Packages for Breastfeeding Women and Their Babies

The quantities of food you can get depend on whether you will be exclusively or partially breastfeeding. The breastfeeding infants' package includes jar baby fruits and vegetables at 6 months of age (and if exclusively breastfed, jar baby meats at 9 months of age).

To learn more about the WIC food packages for breastfeeding women and their babies, read these flyers:

If you need assistance with breastfeeding or have general WIC questions, please contact your local public health department.

Free Breastfeeding Educational Materials

To receive a free copy of the materials below, just ask your WIC staff.

If you are an organization that would like to order a large quantity of the above materials, please visit our Educational Materials Library.

To learn more about breastfeeding benefits, tips, and breast pumping:



WIC (Supplemental Nutrition)