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Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Program 

The WIC Program of Marion County offers breastfeeding support for pregnant and breastfeeding families. That includes access to peer counselors, certified lactation counselors and lactation consultants, breast pumps through our loan program and breastfeeding classes.   

DOH-Marion can answer your questions about breastfeeding, pumping and lactation support. To learn more, call the Breastfeeding Warmline at 352-644-2674.  

Peer Counselor Program

    breastfeeding team

WIC clients are assigned peer counselors who offer individualized support and provide ways to:

  • Get breastfeeding off to a good start
  • Help you breastfeed when returning to work or school
  • Gather support from family and friends to assist with breastfeeding
  • Breastfeed comfortably and discreetly in public

If you have breastfeeding concerns such as latching difficulties, a baby in the NICU, or improving your milk supply, one of our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, or IBCLCs, can provide a specialized consultation. Our counselors who are ready to help include: 

Dorothy:352-644-2700 (office)352-816-0154 (cell)
Julia:352-644-2738 (office)352-816-0384 (cell)
Marcia:352-644-2673 (office)352-816-0573 (cell)

Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding may seem like a natural thing but sometimes mothers need some extra help. DOH-Marion’s WIC clients can attend breastfeeding classes for FREE! The sessions are held twice a month at DOH-Marion’s headquarters, 1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala. 

Mom & Baby Club 

DOH-Marion’s WIC Program also offers the Mom & Baby Club, a relaxed, fun atmosphere for breastfeeding moms to socialize and talk about issues. The club meets once a month at DOH-Marion’s headquarters, 1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala. 

Breast Pump Loan Program 

DOH-Marion’s WIC Program has breast pumps available to lend to qualified breastfeeding mothers who are in the program. WIC staff will determine if you qualify for an electric breast pump. 

Breastfeeding Warmline 

Have breastfeeding questions? Do you need help after hours? The Breastfeeding Warmline is available to all residents of Marion County community. Call us at 352-644-2674 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Breastfeeding warmline information 

Breastfeeding Resources 

Anyone in the community, including those who are not in our WIC program, can find additional breastfeeding resources here and here.