State Law Supports Breastfeeding!

New Jersey state law allows a mother to breastfeed anywhere she has a right to be, in both private and public settings.

Breastfeeding Makes a Difference

The benefits of breastfeeding for infants and young children are well documented.

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WIC Learning Online

WIC Learning Online

WIC Learning Online is a series of online courses from the USDA. The courses are designed to train all levels of working with WIC, including vendors and members of their staff.

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Nutrition and Breastfeeding

Nutrition Education

Nutrition participants and family education is available to all WIC members.

Breastfeeding is Important

New Jersey WIC encourages all women to exclusively breastfeed unless there is a medical reason for the woman or baby not to breastfeed.

A mother’s milk is tailored for her baby and important for optimum infant growth and development and the health of both mother and baby. The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months with the gradual introduction of iron-enriched solid food in the next six months and for breastfeeding to continue at least one year and then for as long as mother and baby desire.

Breastfeeding Support Services are Available
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and peer counselors (mothers who help other mothers) who can answer questions about breastfeeding and provide individual help
  • Information on how to breastfeed
  • A telephone number to call just for breastfeeding questions
  • Breast pumps and other breastfeeding aids when needed
  • Support and information to mothers who work outside the home or attend school
  • Referrals to community breastfeeding mothers’ groups
  • A WIC food package that provides more food for breastfeeding women whose infants do not use WIC formula and provides infant food meat for fully breastfed infants 6 through 11 months.
How Well Does Your Hospital Support Breastfeeding?

Hospitals with higher exclusive breastfeeding rates are more likely to have staff to help you breastfeed.

Hospitals designated as Baby-Friendly Hospitals adhere to the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Last Reviewed: 6/17/2020