Breastfeeding Information

I don’t think I can make enough milk

Your body and breasts were made to breastfeed your baby.  The more often you breastfeed, the more milk your body will make.

I need to go back to work or school

Many women continue to breastfeed and provide their baby with their breastmilk when they return to work or school.

 

I’ve heard that breastfeeding hurts

Breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt.  If breastfeeding hurts, most often it is because your baby is not latched on correctly.  It is common for most women to experience nipple soreness while breastfeeding.

It is also important to breastfeed regularly so your breasts do not become engorged (uncomfortably full, hard or warm).  It is very important to treat engorgement quickly.

My baby was born premature and is not able to latch

Babies who are born three or more weeks before their due date need mother’s milk to help them grow and develop, protect them from disease and help them with digestion.  Only breastmilk can do all that.

Moms helping moms – Someone with you every step of the way…

Breastfeeding Peer Counselors share breastfeeding information and offer breastfeeding support.  They are moms who have breastfed and are trained to help you breastfeed too.  Your peer counselor will be with you every step of the way from your pregnancy through the first year.  She will provide you with the information you need, answer questions and support your decision- whatever you decide.

Your Breastfeeding Peer Counselor can help if:

  • you have questions about breastfeeding
  • you are getting frustrated
  • friends or family are pushing you to stop breastfeeding
  • things just aren’t working out with breastfeeding

Breastfeeding peer counselors are available for WIC clients at Gila River Indian Community WIC Program and Native Health WIC.

For more information, contact:

Gila River Indian Community WIC Clinic
P.O. Box 157
Corner of Pima Rd. and Sacaton Rd.
Sacaton, AZ 85247
WIC Clinic Phone Number: (520) 562-3318

Native Health WIC – Main
4520 N. Central Ave. Suite 350
Phoenix, AZ 85012
WIC Clinic Phone Number: (602) 279-2562

Native Health WIC – 16th Street
4212 N. 16th St., Building 300
Phoenix, AZ 85016
WIC Clinic Phone Number: (602) 279-5351

Native Health WIC – Dunlap
2432 W. Dunlap, Suite 140
Phoenix, AZ 85021
WIC Clinic Phone Number: (602) 279-5351

There is a breastfeeding hotline available for 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. You can call 1-877-868-9473 if you have questions about breastfeeding problems, medications, etc.

You may also contact your local WIC clinic for help: List of Clinics

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