Breastfeeding is best Breastfeeding is more than just providing food. Your breastfed baby enjoys the comfort of your breast and being close to you. Breastfeeding helps the two of you bond. That’s why it’s best to feed your baby directly at your breast.
Why breastmilk? Breastmilk is much better for your baby than infant formula. Do you know why? Breastmilk has more of what a baby needs. Read about breastmilk and formula here>>
When it’s not possible Sometimes it’s not possible to breastfeed your baby. But you can still provide your valuable milk to your precious baby. A breast pump will help you.
Breastmilk in bottles Does your baby need to drink from a bottle? You can use a breast pump to pump your valuable milk from your breast. Then you can put your breastmilk in bottles.
Pumps for medical reasons Premature and sick babies need their mother’s milk. It’s like medicine. Often they don’t have enough strength to suck well. It’s easier for a weak baby to drink his mother’s breastmilk from a bottle.
Medi-Cal and other insurance plans Medi-Cal and other medical insurance plans may provide a breast pump when a mother can’t feed her baby at her breast. A doctor’s referral may be necessary.
Sometimes when a mother asks Medi-Cal or another insurance company for a breast pump, there’s a short wait. We will offer a hospital grade electric breast pump to a WIC mother who needs a pump for her premature baby, or for other medical reasons, if there is a waiting period. This is a loan until she receives the pump through her insurance.
For a mother with no insurance, we offer the pump as a loan for as long as she needs it to feed her milk to the baby.
Extra Support Mothers of a premature or sick baby need extra support. We refer these mothers to one of our WIC lactation specialists for ongoing support.
Pumps for working mothers and students When mothers return to work or school, their own milk continues to be the best food for their babies. WIC mothers who work full time or attend school for long hours may be eligible for a free electric breast pump.
Yes you can! If you are a working mother or a student, yes you can continue to breastfeed and provide only your own milk to your baby.