WIC@Workis aimed at making the breastfeeding mother's transition from home to work an easy one. WIC@Work aids employers in creating a supportive breastfeeding workplace for postpartum employees. In addition to providing information to employers and employees, WIC@Work gives specific help and support to breastfeeding moms to ensure they can continue breastfeeding regardless of their work schedule. WIC provides pumps for WIC eligible participants and resources for moms not enrolled in the WIC program. A back-to-work packet is also available.
It's a Connection
is a peer counseling model that combines breastfeeding peer counseling groups with ongoing breastfeeding support already offered in WIC. This program will assist moms in initiating and continuing to exclusively breastfeed for a minimum of a year and thereafter as long as it is mutually desired by mom and child.
brings new African-American mothers together to connect and embrace one another as they begin their journey into motherhood. This program highlights ways mothers can care for themselves and each other so they can more effectively meet the needs of their family. Sistah Connection meets during regularly scheduled appointments at local WIC offices. African-American women are encouraged to ask their WIC office if a group is available for them to join.
focuses on the father's role and specific gender-related responsibilities dads may feel. This series is facilitated by a dad for other dads and prospective dads. The series targets ways dads can take care of themselves so they can meet the needs of their baby and family.
have been established throughout Riverside County to allow breastfeeding moms an opportunity to take a break in their busy week and brew up some conversation and friendship with other moms. The cafes address postpartum concerns and highlight ways to raise healthy children. Breastfeeding Cafes are a great place to gain insight from other moms. Prenatal moms and sibblings are also welcome. Check the calendar for times and locations. Go to Calendar of Events
Grow Our Own Lactation Consultant / IBCLC Prep Course
is a 100 hour college level course created to assist WIC staff, health professionals and breastfeeding mothers in becoming certified lactation educators or lactation consultants. The course prepares candidates to sit for the IBCLC exam once all clinical hours and competencies have been achieved. Currently classes are being held at three locations in Riverside County and two locations in the Central Valley.