National WIC Association (NWA)

Partners in Public Health: Improving the Landscape of Breastfeeding Support

The National WIC Association (NWA) is the non-profit education arm and advocacy voice of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the over 7 million mothers and young children served by WIC, and the 12,000 service provider agencies who are the front lines of WIC’s public health nutrition services for the nation’s nutritionally at-risk mothers and young children.

Mission 

The National WIC Association provides its members with tools and leadership to expand and sustain effective nutrition services for mothers and young children.

Vision 

Our vision is a nation of healthier women, children, and their families.

Breastfeeding 

The National WIC Association (NWA) endorses the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) Policy Statements on Breastfeeding.

The AAP policy statement “Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk” (2012)

The ABM’s “Position on Breastfeeding” (2015)

NWA promotes exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life with continued breastfeeding through the first year and beyond with the addition of appropriate complementary foods. All WIC staff have a role in promoting and providing support for the successful initiation and continuation of breastfeeding.

Resources 

What is NWA

WIC for a Stronger, Healthier America

Breastfeeding position papers, factsheets, infographics, and more 

WIC Advocacy Materials

The WIC HubA tool for WIC staff, researchers and advocates to navigate and explore the world of WIC. The WIC hub is searchable by topic. To see the WIC Hub’s Breastfeeding topic page click here.

Signupwic.com: a website to find your closest WIC clinic.

Local WIC agency videos on breastfeeding:

The National WIC Association hosts a biennial Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding Conference. The 2020 conference will be held in Orlando Florida in September 2020. NWA has three conferences a year. See more about our events here.

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