This week I visited The Latch Circle! The Latch Circle is a WIC sponsored breastfeeding support group (Whole Informed Choices, Women, Infants, & Children). It is held the first Wednesday of every month at Handley Library, beginning at 10:30am.
The ladies hosting this latch circle were kind and supportive to the many different breastfeeding relationships present - even welcoming me, though I am no longer breastfeeding.
This wonderful group of peer counselors consisted of...
I found out about the latch circle because my friend, Monika Schnupp, recently completed her certification as a WIC Peer Counselor. She has a wonderful heart and it is evident she is going to impact our community in great ways by helping women along in their breastfeeding journey's.
Some of the amazing ways WIC is able to support pregnancy and breastfeeding moms is through their 24/7 emergency service line. The peer counselors have on call phone numbers, just in case you are having breastfeeding troubles at 2am and really could use some helpful advice! How AMAZING is that!
I asked Jessica what is one thing she wished people knew about WIC..
(I wished they knew.) "it is not a formula program, we will help you with that if it is what you need," but they truly desire to assist moms in developing sustainable breastfeeding relationship to benefit both the mother and child.
They also provide FREE breast pumps for a year to mothers enrolled in the WIC program. And it does not stop there, they have free nursing bras available, nursing pads, prenatal vitamins, and one on one breastfeeding consultations.
Near to their heart is the relationships that are formed through the prenatal education they offer, classes such as...
To find out more about WIC visit www.wicva.com or call 1-888-942-3663
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