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Breastfeeding

Contact Us:

  •  850-833-9254 / 850-689-7858
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    Mailing Address

    221 Hospital Drive NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 

    810 E. James Lee Blvd., Crestview, FL 32539 

     


The Supplemental Nutrition Program For Women, Infants and Children's (WIC) Breastfeeding Program in Okaloosa County Provides: 

Breastfeeding Support:: 

  • Peer Counselors
  • Certified Lactation Counselors
  • Lactation Consultants
  • Breast pump Loan Program
  • Breastfeeding Classes

Peer Counselors: 

Mother-to-mother support has proven to be one of the most successful approaches to encourage mothers to breastfeed their infants. The WIC Peer Counselor:

  • Serves as role model
  • Helps develop your personal breastfeeding plan to get you and baby off to a good start.
  • Supports and encourages you to reach your breastfeeding goals.
  • Teaches classes and provides education
  • Provides referrals when necessary

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants: 

Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) provide specialized consults including:

  • Latch assist
  • Preterm infant breastfeeding
  • Methods for improving milk supply
  • Nipple pain relief
  • Information on medications and breastfeeding

Breast Pump Loan Program: 

Electric breast pumps are available to qualified breastfeeding mothers. The breastfeeding support staff with determine if you qualify for an electric breast pump.
Please take a moment to review and complete one of the verification forms below to help begin the process.

Breastfeeding Classes:  

Breastfeeding classes are available to WIC clients for FREE! The class covers a wide range of topics related to breastfeeding including:

  • Myths and concerns of breastfeeding
  • How breastfeeding works
  • Positioning and Latching at the breast

For more information contact our Breastfeeding Coordinator:

Kendall Hernandez, BA, IBCLC
Tel: (850) 833-9254 ext. 2182 Fax: (850) 833-9447

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