WIC supports breastfeeding as the optimal infant feeding choice!

WIC supports breastfeeding as the optimal infant feeding choice!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Salmon Pasta Bake

Not sure what to cook with the canned salmon you receive as a breastfeeding mom? Try this hearty, easy recipe. It's filled with veggies, and the salmon provides protein and omega-3 fatty acids your body needs whole you're breastfeeding!
Photo by Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters
Salmon Pasta Bake
Serves: 9, 1/9 of recipe per serving
  • 2 cups whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 medium green onions*
  • 1 (14½-ounce) can pink salmon oin water*
  • 1 cup frozen peas*
  • 1 cup nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill or dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
*WIC approved items
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Boil the pasta according to package directions. Drain in a colander. Run under water until cool to the touch, to keep noodles from sticking together.
  3. Rinse and finely chop green onions.
  4. Drain canned salmon. In a large bowl, mix salmon (crush small bones with fingers- they provide lots of calcium!), pasta, green onions, peas, yogurt, dill or parsley, salt, and black pepper.
  5. Transfer pasta mixture to a 9-inch square baking dish.
  6. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over pasta mixture. Bake 25-30 minutes, until bubbling and golden.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WIC Book Club: "Mama Feeds Baby/Mama Alimenta al Bebe"

Mommy Feeds Baby is full of colorful photos depicting mothers breastfeeding their infants at home, work and out in the world. Each photo is paired with a caption that emphasizes the importance or nursing your children.

Photo from Amazon
In these family photos, multicultural breastfeeding mothers are often accompanied by their partners and older children. The aim of Mama Feeds Baby is to normalize breastfeeding; the author even reserves the last page of the book for readers to add their own breastfeeding photo, as well as a verse about their choice to breastfeed.

What are some of your favorite breastfeeding memories? Please share them in the comments.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WIC teams up with #RVABreastfeeds!

WIC supports breastfeeding as the optimal infant feeding choice and will provide mothers with the support they need to reach their breastfeeding goals (check out out some of our resources on the breastfeeding resources page). WIC is also encouraging the Richmond community to support breastfeeding mothers by providing them with a welcoming environment to feed their infants. Richmond City WIC has joined forces with #RVABreastfeeds to encourage local businesses to show their support by displaying a "Breastfeeding Welcome Here" sticker on on their storefront. Businesses who display the sticker must agree to:

  • Display signs notifying breastfeeding-friendly policies
  • Provide a clean and welcoming lactation rooms or spaces
  • Train staff on breastfeeding-friendly practices

It is important to note mothers have the right to breastfeed in public in Virginia. A mother may breastfeed in any place where the mother is lawfully present. It is illegal to ask breastfeeder to leave or cover up. However, we encourage you to visit and businesses displaying these stickers and thank them  for their support. Together we can diminish the barriers and stigma against breastfeeding in public!

To learn more about #RVABREASTFEEDS visit their website. To become a breastfeeding business fill out an application here.