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What is WIC?
WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC helps income eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children up to five years of age who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition.
The program improves pregnancy outcomes by providing or referring to support services necessary for full-term pregnancies; reduces infant mortality by reducing the incidence of low birth weight (infants under 5 ½ pounds are at greater risk of breathing problems, brain injuries and physical abnormalities), and provides infants and children with a healthy start in life by improving poor or inadequate diets.
WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support; supplemental, highly nutritious foods such as cereal, eggs, milk, whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables, and iron-fortified infant formula; and referral to prenatal and pediatric health care and other maternal and child health and human service programs.
How can the WIC program help my patients?
Allen County WIC provides free consultations with a Registered Dietetic Nutritionist or Dietetic Technician, Registered and Lactation Counselors and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.
WIC also provides a supplemental food package containing nutrients that are commonly lacking in low income families’ diets, breastfeeding support and/or supplemental formula. WIC participants can also rent hospital grade breast pumps at no cost and receive appropriate size flanges for their breast pumps.
WIC Health Professionals can help counsel your patients when it comes to their child’s diet, weight, picky eating, mixing formula, paced feeding, and more.