Resources for Parents

Texas HHSC and WIC offer multiple resources for breastfeeding mothers that assist them in reaching their breastfeeding goals. Pregnant mothers are encouraged to enroll in the WIC program as early in their pregnancy as possible in order to obtain proper nutrition assessment, counseling, and referrals. While the information and support provided by WIC is tailored to each client, every pregnant mom is counseled using motivational interviewing techniques to identify barriers to breastfeeding, to validate their concerns, and to provide them education and coping skills to overcome their barriers.

WIC Eligibility-Who is eligible and who can apply for WIC?

  • Pregnant women.
  • Women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age.
  • Women who have had a baby in the past six months.
  • Parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under the age of 5 can apply for their children.

For more eligibility information, please click here.

Find a local WIC agency

Lactation Care Centers- Post-discharge Breastfeeding Support Clinics

Mom’s Place- Austin
8701-B Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78758
512-972-6700, Facebook Page

Lactation Foundation- Houston
2636 South Loop West #135
Houston, TX 77054
713-500-2800, Facebook Page

Lactation Care Center of Dallas
2600 North Stemmons Freeway, Suite 188
Dallas, TX 75207
1-855-550-6667 (Texas Lactation Support Hotline), Facebook Page

Lactation Care Center Rio Grande Valley- McAllen 
3001 B, 23rd Street, Suite 2
McAllen, TX 7850
956-292-7711 Facebook Page

HHSC Online Resources and
This award winning website for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers is offered in both English and Spanish and provides an overview of the importance of breastfeeding with helpful tips, tools, and resources. Visitors can download a free Sing to Me lullaby album featuring Texas artists, sign up for the Belly to Baby newsletter, watch inspiring testimonial videos, or make a custom-designed birth announcement!

Healthy Texas Babies
The Healthy Texas Babies initiative was developed using evidence-based interventions to help Texas communities decrease infant mortality. It involves community members, health-care providers, and insurance companies. A reduction in infant mortality will improve the health of Texas babies and mothers and has the potential to save millions of dollars in health-care costs.

Other Helpful Online Resources

  • Kellymom
    Breastfeeding info and more from a mom who is also a lactation consultant.
  • Text4baby
    Offers free weekly health tips on pregnancy and breastfeeding delivered via text message.
  • Breastfeeding In Combat Boots
    The Internet home for any and all information about breastfeeding in the military.

Texas Donor Milk Banks

Suggested Reading:

  • Breastfeeding Made Simple  Nancy Morbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett discuss the Seven Natural Laws of Breastfeeding for nursing mothers. These are laws you can use to get breastfeeding off to a good start by avoiding common challenges.
  • The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding  Real–mom wisdom, expert information, and proven strategies for breastfeeding at every stage—from La Leche League International.
  • Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding  This book is based on Dr. Newman’s understanding of breastfeeding and breastfeeding issues, based on his own family experience, teachings from others interested in lactation, and nearly 20 years of helping mothers with breastfeeding problems.