Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Our goal at Nevada WIC is to educate new parents on the latest breastfeeding information and resources, as well as support mothers to reach their breastfeeding goals. We provide breastfeeding support, referrals to lactation professionals, breast pumps and accessories at no cost to the mother.

Nevada WIC Program will provide you with breastfeeding resources before the arrival of your baby. All WIC staff are trained to promote breastfeeding and provide the necessary support new breastfeeding mothers and infants need for success. On this page, you can find out why breast milk is best, as well as getting answers to some of your questions and find resources to help you with breastfeeding.

Nevada WIC’s Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Support Program

Through our Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Support Program, you can find mom-to-mom education, support, and role modeling to help you successfully breastfeed. This free program is led by moms who have successfully breastfeed and are specially trained to help you. Find the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Support Program near you.

 

Reno

Community Health Alliance WIC
Nell J. Redfield Health Center 3915 Neil Road
Reno, NV 89502
(775) 870-4343 Website
Sun Valley W.I.C. Clinic 5295 Sun Valley Blvd, Suite 8
Sun Valley, NV  89433
(775) 870-4343 Website
Sparks Health Center 2244 Oddie Boulevard
Sparks, NV 89431
(775) 870-4343 Website
C.S.A. Head Start Center 1100 East 8th Street
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 870-4343 Website
Wooster Family Resource Center 1950 Villanova Drive
Reno, NV 89502
(775) 870-4343 Website
Wells Avenue Medical/Dental Center 1055 South Wells Avenue
Reno, NV 89502
(775) 870-4343 Website

 

Las Vegas

Sunrise Children’s Foundation WIC
Sahara 1000 East Sahara Blvd, #101
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 385-2100 Website
Meadows 3838 Meadows Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89107
(702) 646-5600 Website
North Las Vegas 3603 Las Vegas Blvd North, #109
Las Vegas, NV 89115
(702) 643-2515 Website
Nellis AFB 4311 Carswell Ave, #401
Las Vegas, NV 89191
(702) 643-3465 Website

 

St. Rose WIC
WomensCare/Outreach Center – Green Valley 2651 Paseo Verde Pkwy., Suite 180
Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 616-4905 Website
WomensCare/Outreach Center – West 7220 S. Cimarron Rd., Suite 195
Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 616-4910 Website

 

Las Vegas Urban League WIC
Flamingo 6480 West Flamingo
Las Vegas NV 89103
(702) 227-1573 Website
Eastern 3320 E Flamingo Rd. #52
Las Vegas NV, 89121
 (702) 476 -9561  Website

 

Nevada Health Centers WIC
Arville 4601 W. Sahara Ave. Suite I
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 220-9944 Website
Bonanza 5001 E. Bonanza Rd., Suite 104,
Las Vegas, NV 89110
(702) 220-9930 Website
Cambridge  3900 Cambridge St., Suite 202;
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 220-9934 Website
 Gowan  3650 N. Rancho Dr., Suite 101
Las Vegas, NV 89130
 (702) 220-9926 Website
 MLK 1700 Wheeler Peak Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89106
 (702) 220-9928 Website
 McDaniel  2225 Civic Center Drive, Suite 150
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 220-6096 Website
 Tropicana  5486 Boulder Highway, Suite 102
Las Vegas, NV 89122
(702) 220-9929 Website

 

Catholic Charities WIC
Owens 1511 North Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 366-2069 Website
Henderson 270 E. Horizon Drive, Ste 108
Henderson, NV 89015
(702) 558-3129 Website

Why Breastfeeding is Important

All expectant mothers and fathers want to give their babies the best start. Breastfeeding provides the best nutrition possible. Studies have shown, and the American Academy of Pediatrics agrees that breast milk has ALL the nutrients your baby needs, and in just the right amounts for the first 6 months without adding water, formula, or solid foods. Babies should continue to breastfeed for a year and for as long as is mutually desired by the mother and baby.

 

  • Breast milk helps protect the baby from many illnesses; earaches, colic, allergies, constipation, diarrhea, pneumonia, and diabetes to name a few.
  • Breastfeeding helps protect moms from breast and ovarian cancers, and osteoporosis.
  • Breastfeeding helps mom’s tummy and weight return to normal more quickly. Breastfeeding women burn about 600 additional calories per day.
  • Breast milk is free and ecofriendly.
  • Breast milk is always available and always the right temperature and feeding can be done discreetly. Breast milk is portable and doesn’t require extra planning when you want to leave the house.
  • Breast milk is good for bonding; breastfeeding offers moms special moments to share with their baby.
  • Breast milk is good for relaxing, breastfeeding triggers the release of oxytocin (commonly called the maternal hormone), which helps relax both mother and infant.
  • Breastfed babies have seedy yellow stools with little odor.

 

Common Questions

Do I need to change the way I eat?

Eat a normal healthy diet. You don’t usually need to avoid any foods. Continue to take your prenatal vitamins as long as you are breastfeeding.

 

What if I have to take medicine?

Many medicines are safe while breastfeeding. Your WIC clinic can refer you to a Breastfeeding Specialist who may answer your specific questions.

 

What if I smoke?

It is best to breastfeed the baby. Breast milk protects the baby against many of the harmful effects of smoking. Formula does not. Never smoke around the baby. Smoke as little as possible but it’s always better not to smoke at all. Smoke AFTER a feeding and not before. For more information on quitting smoking go to: www.livingtobacoofree.com

 

What about dads?

Dads can help by bringing the baby to you to breastfeed. They can burp the baby, bathe the baby, and help with diaper changes. Special bonding times for Dads can be to take the baby out for a walk, playing, talking, singing, or reading with or to the baby.

 

How do I know the baby is getting enough breast milk?

Is the baby gaining weight?
Is the baby content and quiet after feeding?
Is the baby wetting at least 6-8 diapers every day (24 Hours)?
Can you hear the baby swallowing while at breast?

 

What if I have to go back to school or work?

Because breast milk protects babies from so many illnesses, they will be healthier; therefore you are less likely to miss time from work or school. You can usually pump, or hand-express your milk while at work or school.

If you need a pump or have questions while continuing to breastfeed, call your local WIC office, and they can help in providing a pump and will put you in touch with a Breastfeeding Specialist who can help you.

*Note:
DO NOT BREASTFEED IF YOU ARE HIV POSITIVE; IF YOU ABUSE ALCOHOL OR DRUGS; IF YOU HAVE ACTIVE UNTREATED TB; OR ARE ON CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENT.

 

Nevada WIC Program

Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to support the growth of your child while nurturing a bond that will last a lifetime. Our goal is to educate new parents, on the latest breastfeeding information and resources.  Nevada WIC Program will provide you with breastfeeding resources before the arrival of your baby. Resources include brochures, helpful bookmarks, books, and support for moms going back to work or school.

Nevada WIC has several Certified Lactation Educators on staff that are willing to assist you with any breastfeeding difficulties you may be having. If we cannot help you, we have the resources to make recommendations in your area.

Contact your local WIC clinic for further information

 

Other Resources

Nevada Breastfeeds Website

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La Leche League of Nevada

La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend the monthly Group Meetings or call a Leader for breastfeeding help. La Leche League of Southern California/Nevada also provides health care professionals with continuing education opportunities and access to the latest research on lactation management.

LLL of Nevada Groups with Web Pages: