WIC promotes breastfeeding as the optimal infant feeding choice. NWA seeks to highlight WIC's role as an advocate and resource for breastfeeding promotion and support.
The percentage of WIC mothers who initiated breastfeeding in 2010.
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This study investigated the association between WIC participation and breastfeeding behaviors among white and black women in Mississippi. Analyses of data from the 2004–2008 Mississippi Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System revealed that 52.2 % of white women and 82.1 % of black women participated in WIC. A total of 60.4 % of white women and 39.7 % of black women initiated breastfeeding, and 26.5 % and 21.9 %, respectively, were breastfeeding at 10 weeks postpartum. WIC participation was negatively associated with breastfeeding initiation among whites, but not blacks.
The authors investigated the impact of in-hospital breastfeeding, receipt of a formula discharge pack, and maternal return to work on the long-term breastfeeding outcomes of 4,725 WIC participants in Los Angeles County, California. It was found that mothers who exclusively breastfed in the hospital were 8 times as likely to reach the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of breastfeeding for 12 months or longer, than mothers who did not breastfeed in the hospital.