breastfeeding WIC Maui

Where do you go for breastfeeding information when you are pregnant on Maui? What about breastfeeding support or help after you deliver? Have you ever thought about calling the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program? WIC is an income-based program for Hawaii residents with a nutritional need. Pregnant, breastfeeding, recently postpartum, infants, and children under the age of 5 are welcome to apply.

Maui has two great WIC Programs that provide breastfeeding information and support throughout the island to program participants. Breastfeeding is considered the norm when it comes to infant feeding, but that doesn’t mean that new moms know all of the answers or that they never need a little help.

Pregnant women can get their breastfeeding questions answered and their worries or fears addressed. Breastfeeding women can receive helpful tips, reassurance that their baby is growing well through frequent weight checks at the clinic, and referrals to other sources of help if the breastfeeding question is more complex.

In addition to all of the breastfeeding support WIC can offer, qualified participants also receive healthy foods like your choice of fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, milk, dry beans, whole wheat bread or brown rice and others. When you reach certain breastfeeding milestones you may receive other items like a nursing cover for some extra privacy when nursing in public. Exclusively nursing mothers may also be eligible for an electric breast pump rental through the program.

You don’t have to breastfeed alone. WIC is breastfeeding support on Maui and is here to answer your questions and help you through this wonderful, yet sometimes challenging time. Please call the Maui WIC Program for appointments in Wailuku, Kahului, Hana, Kihei, or Pukalani at 984-8225 or Malama I Ke Ola Health Center for appointments in Wailuku or Lahaina at 872-4034 or visit http://hawaii.gov/health/family-child-health/wic/.

WIC is an income based program for Hawaii residents with a nutritional need. Pregnant, breastfeeding, recently postpartum, infants, and children under the age of 5 are welcome to apply. Please call the Maui WIC Program for appointments in Wailuku, Kahului, Hana, Kihei, or Pukalani at 984-8225 or Malama I Ke Ola Health Center for appointments in Wailuku or Lahaina at 872-4034 or visit http://hawaii.gov/health/family-child-health/wic/. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Lorena Kashiwamura breastfed her own child and became more interested in breastfeeding when she worked at the Wahiawa WIC Program. Under Laura Morihara, I learned the importance of breastfeeding and the benefits. I later moved back to the Maui WIC Program and became the BreastfeedingCoordinator/Lactation Counselor. I learned the importance of a good support system while breastfeeding and want to share this article.