In response to the article reprinted from The New York Times “Help Is Lagging for Breast-feeding Problems” (Nov. 11), we wanted to alert women to the breast-feeding resources available to clients of the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition program.
Adagio Health administers WIC in five Western Pennsylvania counties, but WIC is available throughout the state. Believing that successful breast-feeding happens with support, WIC offers peer counseling delivered by experienced breast-feeding moms, a breast-feeding hotline, access to breast pumps and referrals to resources for new moms.
WIC provides food vouchers, nutrition education and referrals to pregnant, postpartum and breast-feeding women and children under the age of 5. Income guidelines are quite generous and many working families may not realize they are eligible. There is also a statewide breast-feeding hotline exclusively for WIC moms. The number is 855-427-5666. It is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends.
The health benefits to infants who are breast-fed — both short- and long-term — are well-documented. There are also a number of benefits to breast-feeding moms including lowering the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. To learn more about WIC and to determine if your family is eligible, please visit www.pawic.com or call 800-WIC-WINS. Pennsylvania WIC is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
KAREN A. VIROSTEK
Director, Nutrition Services