Breastfeeding Promotion & Support

Benefits of Breastfeeding


A mother's milk is perfect for her baby, and breast milk has many protective qualities that help keep babies healthy, even into childhood and beyond. Parents of breastfed babies miss fewer days of work because breastfed babies get sick less often than formula-fed babies. Moms, dads, grandparents and the entire family can all be part of breastfeeding, and babies can bond with - and love - everyone involved! Breastfeeding is convenient and can fit into active lifestyles. The Scotland County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is dedicated to supporting breastfeeding, both before and after the baby arrives.

Services / Classes


WIC actively works with clients in Scotland County to encourage initial and continuous breastfeeding. The Breastfeeding Program offers classes (3rd Tuesday of each month), counseling, books, tapes, breast pads, and breast pumps. Our local coordinator provides instruction and support to clients as needed. In addition, the program offers breastfeeding peer counselor support services that provide mother-to-mother counseling. During the previous year, the department received a certificate of achievement for the greatest improvement in the percentage of infants still breastfeeding at 6 weeks of age.

Breastfeeding Support


Speak with your Nutritionist or Breastfeeding Peer Counselor during your WIC visit or call the WIC Program at 910-277-2440. A Breastfeeding Warmline at 910-318-1332 is also available for emergency situations after hours. A WIC Nutritionist or Breastfeeding Peer Counselor will return your call and help answer your questions.