Personal Health Division

WIC - When to Call for Help

Before the baby is born, call if:

  • You have questions about breastfeeding.
  • You have flat or inverted nipples.
  • You have not yet attended prenatal breastfeeding classes.

After the baby is born, call if:

  • The baby is not latching-on or nursing in a comfortable rhythmic pattern.
  • You are engorged or having pain when you breastfeed. Breastfeeding IS NOT supposed to hurt!

You would like to see if you are eligible for a breast pump;

  • To be eligible for a manual hand pump or pedal pump, you must be at least 2 weeks postpartum and meet one or more of the qualifying conditions below: 
    • Return to school or work part time
    • Temporary breastfeeding problems (engorgement, sore nipples, etc.)
    • Infant has not yet learned how to latch on and effectively feed at the breast
    • Occasional mother/infants separation due to illness, prematurity, hospitalization

  • To be eligible for an electric breast pump, you must meet all the following criteria:
    • Be at least 6 weeks postpartum
    • Be full time breastfeeding, not receiving formula from the WIC program
    • Be separated from the infant more than six hours at a time
    • Be separated from the infant at least 3 days per week

Please note: Personal use breast pumps are not to be used as a replacement for putting the infant to the breast.

Who should I call for breastfeeding help?

  • WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor provides free counseling via telephone or home visits to help you successfully breastfeed your baby.  The Peer Counsel is available in the WIC office on Mondays. Please call for more information or an appointment at 269-373-5358
  • Bronson Lactation Consultant provides free phone consultation at 269-341-8849
  • Borgess Breastfeeding Hotline provides free phone consultation with a registered nurse at 269-226-8032

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