Georgia WIC recognizes human milk as the standard for infant feeding and nutrition.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) promotes, protects, and supports breastfeeding as the preferred method of infant feeding for the first year, and beneficial to both the infant's and the mother's health
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life unless medically contraindicated followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced with the continuation of breastfeeding up to one year or as long as mutually desired by mother and infant.
Breast milk provides the most complete form of nutrition for infants, including premature and sick newborns. There are rare exceptions when human milk is not recommended. Breast milk is not advisable if one or more of the following conditions is true:
- An infant diagnosed with galactosemia
- An infant whose mother:
- Is infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Has untreated, active tuberculosis or brucellosis
- Is infected with human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I or type II
- Has an active herpes lesion or open sore on her breast
- Is receiving prescription medication from the following classes of substances: chemotherapy agents; amphetamines; ergotamine; statins
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mothers are one of the fastest-growing segments within the workforce. With more women in the workforce, mothers may rely on expressing their breast milk while separated from their babes. Workplace support can increase breastfeeding duration, staff loyalty, and the employer’s public image. Consequently, workplace breastfeeding support can decrease absenteeism, employer health care costs, and employee turnover. Find Resources for workplace support below:
- Talk to Your Employer About Pumping At Work
- Learning to Pump and Hand Express
- Storing and Thawing Breast Milk
About our Breastfeeding Services:
Breastfeeding promotion and support are core components of WIC benefits and services for participants.
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Page last updated 7/28/2021