San Marcos Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program participants will be treated to an extraordinary educational experience when they attend the Breastfeeding Celebration at the San Marcos WIC Clinic, 401C Broadway, on Aug. 6 from 3 to 6 p.m.
The celebration is being held in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Month and participants will be given class education credit for their participation in the event. The event is also open to the local community for individuals interested in learning more about breastfeeding.
Participants will learn about topics including achieving a comfortable latch, tips on breastfeeding and returning to work, and how to make enough breast milk.
There will also be an array of interactive opportunities at the event including a breast-changes guessing game, a pin-the-baby-on-the-breast activity, and an activity on matching various holding positions for breastfeeding. WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors will present this information and will be available to discuss other breastfeeding topics and concerns with participants.
In honor of World Breastfeeding Month in August, WIC will continue to encourage mothers to exclusively breastfeed their infants until at least six months of age.
“Moms helping other moms — that is the basic premise of peer counseling,” said Cristina Garcia, Breastfeeding Promotion nutritionist for the Texas Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.
“Peer counselors have personal experience and specialized training to talk to other moms about infant feeding and to help moms achieve their personal breastfeeding goals. This August, Texas WIC, along with the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action honor peer counselors with the World Breastfeeding Month theme Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers,’” she added.
WIC provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women and infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. State and local governments, hospitals, community organizations, parents, and WIC all share the responsibility of promoting breastfeeding so that our nation's infants and mothers can experience the many health and emotional benefits of breastfeeding.
The San Marcos WIC Clinic is located at 401C Broadway and can be contacted at (512) 393-8040.
The city of San Marcos WIC Program also has clinics in Kyle, New Braunfels, Seguin and Lockhart. WIC is an equal-opportunity provider.