just browsing and saw this...here are my answers:
What kind of breastfeeding specific support are (did) you receiving? I was able to borrow a breastpump (which is still sitting in the back of my closet, incidentally)
: as a backup to the one I was renting from the hospital. I couldn't use it at work without major inconvenience, because it didn't have a battery pack, bu it still cam in handy in a pinch. I obviously got the bf'ing food package, but unfotunately i will lose it this month since ds turns 1 on the 17th.
What kind of breastfeeding support would you like to (have) receive(d)? I think making it clear that the breastpumps are available, and not having such stringetn guidelines on who can borrow them, would be good. I do understand the reason behind the 6-week rule, but the fact is that i went back to work before my ds was 6 weeks, and WIC would not give me the pump until at least 6 weeks pp, to establish bf'ing first. I HAD to start pumping around 2 weeks, to build a stash. I also was told that I couldn't get a breastpump without a doctor's note.....
, although that was eventually cleared up.
What are your thoughts on WIC breastfeeding classes? I have been in the waiting room during parts of the bf'ing classes although I never got to go (ds was born before my scheduled class, lol). From what i have heard at those times, they are pretty good, but I think they should present the bf'ing as more of a matter-of-fact thing rather than this big novel undertaking that must be endured until 1 year old. More like, "since we're assuming you're bf'ing for as long as your little one desires, here are some tips for making it go smoothly." And extended bf'ing needs to be mentioned. every single class i have sat in on metnions 1 year as the goal. I understand that 1 year is a great goal and a great achievement, but i think a lot of mamas hear the one year and don't even consider going past that. More emphasis needs to be put on that. And hte bf'ing food package extended accordingly.
maybe to 18 months, or 2 years, if the LO is still nursing.
How/when did the WIC breastfeeding counselor contact you? never, i always have to track her down and it ususally takeds a couple of days. in her defense, when i do finally catch her, she is very friendly and genuinely wants to help. I think she's just overloaded.
ETA: gosh, this sounds like a lot of complaining.....I don't mean it that way at all. Overall i have had a positive ex[perience at WIC, minus an awkward moment over the whole vaccine thing....lol. These are just my observations on what could be improved. but generally speeaking they're doing a good job! oh a thumbs up for the bf'ing info that i see laying around in spanish!