National WIC Association

WIC participation, breastfeeding practices, and well-child care among unmarried low-income mothers

Chatterji P, Brooks Gunn J. WIC participation, breastfeeding practices, and well-child care among unmarried low-income mothers. Am J Public Health. Aug 2004;94(8):1324-1327.

This study estimated the effect of WIC participation from 1999 to 2000 on breastfeeding initiation and duration, as well as on well-child care. The results showed that WIC participation was associated with increased likelihood of initiating breastfeeding and having at least four well-child visits since birth. Both behaviors benefit infants beyond the newborn period.