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WIC's Breastfeeding Program

The WIC Program and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare actively promote and protect the health and safety of Idaho families through the promotion and support of breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Questions
If you have questions about breastfeeding or would like more information about breastfeeding, you can call your local WIC office.

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why breastfeed

Why Breastfeed?
One of the most important decisions you will make is how to feed your baby.  Deciding to breastfeed can give your baby the best possible start in life. Breastfeeding benefits you and your baby in many ways.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Why is breastfeeding so good for my baby?

1. Breastfeeding provides warmth and closeness. The physical contact helps create a special bond between you and your baby.

2. Human milk has many benefits.

  • It is easier for your baby to digest.
  • It does not need to be prepared.
  • It is always available.
  • It has all the nutrients, calories, and fluids your baby needs to be healthy.
  • It has growth factors that ensure the best development of your baby's organs.
  • It has many substances that formulas do not have that protect your baby from many diseases and infections. In fact, breastfed babies are less likely to have:
    • Ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, wheezing and bronchitis
  • Research also suggests that breastfeeding may help to protect against obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma, eczema, colitis, and some cancers.

Why is breastfeeding good for me?

  • Breastfeeding is good for your health because it helps:
  • Release hormones in your body that promote mothering behavior.
  • Return your uterus to the size it was before pregnancy more quickly.
  • Burn more calories, which may help you lose the weight you gained during pregnancy.
  • Delay the return of your menstrual period to help keep iron in your body.
  • Reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer.
  • Keep bones strong, which helps protect against bone fractures in older age.
Adapted from www.healthychildren.org

Breastfeeding Laws in Idaho

Since 2018, it's legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states.

Idaho Breastfeeding Code 18-4101 provides an exemption from indecent exposure and obscenity for the breastfeeding of a child.

Idaho Breastfeeding Code 2-212 provides that a person who is not disqualified for jury service may have jury service postponed by the court or the jury commissioner only upon a showing of undue hardship, extreme inconvenience, or public necessity, or upon a showing that the juror is a mother breastfeeding her child.

WIc Supports Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Research/Reports
The Surgeon General Supports breastfeeding in her Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation. In this report, she outlines steps that can be taken to remove some of the obstacles faced by women who want to breastfeed their babies. For more information, click here to read the full report.

The American Academy of Pediatrics supports breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months with the addition of solids for at least the first year of life. For more information, read the AAP Statement.

Breastfeeding Statistics


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