Women, Infants, Children
| WIC provides breastfeeding support, supplemental nutritious foods, and nutrition education to pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five.
Since a major goal of the WIC program is to improve the nutritional status of infants, WIC mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants. WIC encourages breastfeeding by providing counseling and support to moms, education materials, breast pumps, peer support classes, and regular phone contact.
Deciding to Breast Feed
Through the nutrition education offered by the WIC program, mothers learn not only about their specific nutritional needs but also those of their infants and children. Participants are taught how to shop for nutritious foods as well as how to prepare well-balanced meals. Individual nutrition counseling services are also provided.
WIC provides eligible participants with a variety of highly nutritious supplemental foods, including milk, cheese, eggs, peanut butter, beans, fruit, vegetables, and cereal. These foods are rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. WIC encourages breastfeeding, since human breast milk is the best source of nutrition for infants. However, WIC also provides formula and baby foods.
To be eligible to participate in the WIC program, one must:
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