New Opportunities for Breastfeeding Promotion and Support in WIC: Review of WIC Food Packages, Improving Balance and Choice

Kathleen M. Rasmussen, Shannon E. Whaley, Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, A. Catharine Ross, Susan S. Baker, Tamera Hatfield, Marie E. Latulippe

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Abstract

Although breastfeeding (BF) is the recommended way to feed infants, this may be difficult for the low-income women served by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The 2017 recommended revisions to the WIC food packages provide substantial support to both exclusively and partially BF dyads, remove barriers to partial BF choices within the first 30 days postpartum, and increase flexibility in determining the amount of formula offered to partially breastfed infants. When combined with adequate support and tailored counseling, these changes are intended to make it easier for women served by WIC to choose to breastfeed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S197-S201.e1
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume49
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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