Women, Infants, and Children’s program is often referred to as WIC, is a government based program that supports low income families with nutritional counseling and education. WIC now supports breastfeeding mothers and help encourage mother’s to breastfeed their baby during the first year. This program was designed to help provide families with supplemental food, referrals for healthcare, and nutritional education to low-income families or families who qualify for their services. The WIC program is funded by federal grant money and helps low-income families with additional food support and nutritional education.
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. Please contact a lactation if you have any questions or issues with breastfeeding.
Who can participate in the WIC program?
The WIC program is open to pregnant, postpartum mothers, infants, and children ages birth to 5 years old. In order to participate in their program, you must meet the required income guidelines, residency restrictions, and must be “at risk” nutritionally. To see if you and your family qualify for services, contact your local health department for more information. They can also provide you with the income guidelines to help you determine if your are eligible for services in your county you reside in.