WIC plays an important role in the overall health of our community. One of the important ways WIC increases the health of our community is through their work with breastfeeding mothers to provide support and education.
Providing breastfeeding education to mothers increases the likelihood that mothers will breastfeed. Breastfeeding reduces risks such as: breast cancer, ovarian cancer, Type 2 diabetes and postpartum depression. Babies who are breastfed reduce their risk of: obesity, lower respiratory infections; Type 2 diabetes; asthma and; SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Breastfeeding also offers health benefits to mothers, including a lower risk of: breast and ovarian cancer; Type 2 diabetes and; high blood pressure.
ECDHD's WIC staff has a variety of resources available to help you successfully breastfeed. They can be reached at (402) 564-9931.
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