Breastfeeding Services

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program at East Side

“Breastfeeding” You can do it and WIC can help! WIC Peer Counselors are moms, just like you. They can help you learn about breastfeeding your baby. They can also answer any breastfeeding questions that you have and are available to help over the phone or in person.
The Peer Counselors are women who have breastfed their children and who have received training in breastfeeding techniques, special circumstances and counseling. They share information and exchange ideas with you.

This is what they offer?

  • Support
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Pamphlets
  • Telephone contacts
  • Lending book and video library
  • Manual/electric pumps
  • Home visits if needed
  • Help with combining breastfeeding with work or school

How can I get in touch?

  East St. Louis Office 618-874-4713 x 219

Cahokia Office 618-337-4178

WIC offers weekly infant feeding classes for you and your family and the WIC office has a breastfeeding library containing books, videos and handouts for you to use.

Did you know that you’ll get more WIC benefits if you breastfeed your baby? If you are exclusively breastfeeding your baby (only breast milk, no formula), you will receive additional foods on your WIC checks, such as tuna fish and carrots, in addition to the basic WIC foods. WIC believes that Breastfeeding is Best Feeding!

Why Breastfeed?

Breast milk has more of the good things your baby needs.

The following link compares formula to breast milk:

Healthy People 2010 Goals

Healthy People 2010 sets forth a list of objectives for disease prevention and health promotion for the United States.

It identifies a wide range of public health priorities and specific, measurable objectives. There is one specific to breastfeeding.

By the year 2010, the goal is that 75% of the women giving birth initiate breastfeeding in the hospital; 50% of these women to be still breastfeeding by six months, and 25% to be still breastfeeding by one year.

Benefits to Mom

  • Back in shape faster
  • Weight Loss
  • Convenience
  • Cost (less expensive)
  • Bonding
  • Less time off from work or school due to sick child
  • Decreased risk of certain diseases such as:
    • Ovarian Cancer
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Osteoporosis
    • Breast Cancer

Benefits to Baby:

  • Best nutrition available
  • Fewer allergies
  • Easily digested
  • Higher IQ
  • Less obesity
  • Bonding
  • Decreased risk of certain diseases and infections such as:
    • Ear, respiratory and intestinal tract infections
    • Fewer illnesses and hospitalizations
    • Diarrhea
    • Childhood diabetes
    • Some types of cancer

Breastfeeding Tips


  • Position baby on his side, facing mother "tummy to tummy" baby's nose at mom's nipple
  • Tip of baby's nose and chin should touch breast when latching on


  •  Breastfeed within first hour of life or as soon as possible
  • Feed on baby's cue (i.e. hand to mouth, rooting and sucking movements)

Signs of Adequate Breast Milk Intake

  •  Nursing 8-12 times per 24 hours
  • At least6 wet diapers per 24 hours

Growth Spurts

During growth spurts, baby will want to nurse more often for approximately one to three days.
You will usually see growth spurts at:

  • 10-14 days
  • 4-6 weeks
  • 3 months
  • 6 months

The following links have information on breastfeeding: