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Why Breastfeed

WIC Healthy Habits, Healthy FamilesHuman milk protects babies in a way that formula cannot. Babies who are breastfed are less likely to suffer from respiratory and ear infections, allergies, diabetes, obesity and childhood cancers. Breastfeeding is also good for mom! Mothers who breastfeed have lower rates of osteoporosis, breast and ovarian cancers and increased postpartum weight loss.

The Mecklenburg County Health Department’s Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program supports nursing mothers! Here’s how:

  • WIC staff offer breastfeeding education and support to all pregnant and breastfeeding clients
  • Free childbirth and breastfeeding classes are available to clients
  • Electric Pump Loan Program is available for parents of premature or sick babies
  • The “Warm Line” (704-336-6464) is available for help with breastfeeding questions and concerns
  • Loving Support Peer Counselors are available for support, the counselors are women who have successfully breastfed their babies and are available to help others

Loving Support

Learn how to make WIC Appointments and WIC Programs for Mecklenburg County.


More Information about Breastfeeding

La Leche League International
This is an international organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting breastfeeding. 

Biological Nurturing
Learn about ideal positions for breastfeeding and bonding with your baby

KellyMom
Find information on nearly any breastfeeding topic and discuss issues with other moms 

Zip Milk
Find local breastfeeding resources based on your zip code 

US Department of Health & Human Services
Find answers to any of your breastfeeding questions 

Work and Pump
Learn about how to balance breastfeeding and work



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