The American Academy of pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding infants for six months, with no supplements and encourages mothers to continue nursing through the first year of life.
Breastfeeding protects mothers against osteoporosis and breast and ovarian cancer and protects children against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), ear infections, upper and lower respiratory infections, allergies, intestinal disorders, colds and viruses.
The WV WIC program employs breastfeeding peer counselors and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) to educate, encourage and support breastfeeding to the WIC clients.
The mission of the West Virginia WIC program is to improve the health of women, infants and children in West Virginia by providing quality nutrition and breastfeeding counseling and education; as well as health monitoring and nutritious foods.
Topic Tools is a quarterly newsletter published by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Nutrition Services.
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