Benefits for WIC Mothers

A major goal of the WIC Program is to improve nutrition and health, so WIC mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants.  WIC promotes breastfeeding to all pregnant women as the optimal infant feeding choice, unless medically contraindicated.

  • WIC mothers choosing to breastfeed are provided information through counseling and breastfeeding educational materials
  • Breastfeeding mothers are eligible to participate in WIC longer than non-breastfeeding mothers
  • Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their infants receive an enhanced food package
  • Breastfeeding mothers can receive breast pumps to help support the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding
  • Every health department and WIC clinic in Tennessee has a Designated Breastfeeding Expert (DBE).  This DBE has advanced lactation training and provides assistance with any breastfeeding issues or questions.  Click here to find the DBE within your community!