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WIC Hours @ 801 Amsterdam Avenue

Monday: 9:00 – 6:30

Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30  – 5:00

Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 – 5:00

WIC hours @ 279 E. 3rd Street

Monday:  9:00  – 7:00

Tuesday – Friday:  9:00 – 5:00

Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby and  provides the best source of nutrition.  It is your legal right to breastfeed anywhere you choose.   Breastfeeding is so important because it supplies all of the necessary nutrients in the proper amounts and protects against allergies, obesity, diabetes, and some cancer.  Breast milk also protects against ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory infections.  Breast milk is made for your baby and, therefore, it is easily digested which means less fussiness!

No matter how hard formula companies try to match the nutrients found in breast milk — it is impossible to do so because breast milk is designed to meet your baby’s specific needs.  The amount and composition of breast milk changes according to the time of day, nursing frequency, and age of the baby.  Breast milk provides optimal nutrition.  Breast milk is always ready. No washing, measuring, heating!  It is available whenever and wherever your baby is hungry and it’s always the perfect temperature.

Breastfeeding is also great for you. Breastfeeding protects you against the risk of diabetes and certain cancers. It can also help you return to your pre-pregnancy weight faster.  And of course, breastfeeding strengthens the bond between you and your baby in a very special way.

Tips and Advice

  • Breastfeed soon after birth and frequently (8-12 times in a 24 hour period).
  • Hold your baby skin to skin.
  • Keep your baby with you in the hospital.
  • Do not give a pacifier or bottle until breastfeeding has become a routine — about 4 weeks after delivery.
  • Only give your baby breast milk for the first six months after birth.

Benefits of Buying Local


  • Local foods taste better. Farmers pick these fruits and vegetables at their most flavorful. Usually picked just that morning, ripe produce tastes fresh and delicious with the truest flavors.
  • Food at the grocery store has traveled long distances and sat in storage for long periods of time.


  • Ripe fruits and vegetables give us the best possible nutrition. Bright colors in fruits and vegetables means more nutrients. Ask how your food is grown and learn where it comes from!
  • Because of the long distances they travel, produce from the grocery may contain more chemicals deigned to keep them looking fresh for longer.



  • Farmers’ markets sell fruits and vegetables that are in season. Amazing range of produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket: red carrots, purple cauliflower, green garlic, and more. Try something new!
  • Grocery stores offer less seasonally based foods.


  • Farmers at the market can offer plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling. Just ask!
  • Few grocery store cashiers or produce stockers will give you tips on how to cook the ingredients you buy.

Farmers’ Market Recipes


  • Local foods travel short distances and use much less pollution causing fuel than those found at the grocery store. Along with conserving fossil fuels, small family farms produce less environmental waste and tend to use earth-friendly growing methods.
  • Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to you. Eating locally grown foods supports the health of the local community.


  • The farmers’ market is for your community: invite friends, bring your children, and meet the farmers growing your food. Farmers’ markets are kid-friendly. Support your local farmers and economy.

Office Locations

Ryan Women and Children’s Center
Women’s & Children’s Center
801 Amsterdam Avenue, Second Floor
New York, NY 10025
ph: (212) 865-0410
fx: (212) 663-9629
Monday: 9:00 – 6:30
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 - 5:00
Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 – 5:00
Ryan Nena
279 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009
ph: (212) 477-8846
fx: (212) 673-3876
Monday: 9:00 – 6:30
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 - 5:00
Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 – 5:00