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WIC

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Studies show pregnant women who participate in WIC have fewer premature births, fewer low birth-weight babies; experience fewer fetal and infant deaths; seek prenatal care earlier in pregnancy and consume more key nutrients like iron, protein, calcium, and Vitamins A and C.

WIC helps ensure infants’ and children’s normal growth, reduces levels of anemia, increases immunization rates, improves access to regular health care/social services and improves diets.

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WIC promotes breastfeeding as the optimal infant feeding choice and supports moms along the way. WIC staff educate pregnant women on the benefits of breastfeeding and help them plan for it. Once she starts breastfeeding, WIC breastfeeding staff provide support, answer questions, and some states offer help hotlines.

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WIC provides nutrition education to participants. Moms meet with a nutritionist or registered dietitian and talk about what she’s eating and what her family is eating. Nutrition education may be one-on-one, in group classes, or online and can include learning about:
  • Healthy eating during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Developing healthy eating habits for kids
  • Reading food labels when shopping
  • How to cook healthy, delicious meals

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WIC provides a tailored monthly food package. The foods vary depending on the nutrient needs of the mom and her kids during the stages of pregnancy, breastfeeding, infancy and childhood. Only specific healthy foods can be purchased such as whole grains, dairy, fish, peanut butter, beans, and fruits and vegetables. WIC benefits can even be used at farmers’ markets in some states.
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WIC serves as a gateway to healthcare and social services and connects families to the resources they need:
  • Prenatal, obstetric, maternal and pediatric care
  • Dental care
  • Smoking cessation, drug and alcohol abuse counseling
  • Immunizations
  • Head Start coordination
  • SNAP


Links
How to Apply for WIC
WIC Clinic Locations
Breastfeeding
Nutrition Information
WIC Food List
WIC Newsletter for Physicians
Useful Links


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