As part of the WIC program, moms get nutritious food packages. WIC's goal is to encourage mothers to breastfeed without supplementing with infant formula. What's in your food package depends on how much you are breastfeeding and how much infant formula your baby may get from WIC. WIC staff provide moms with a breastfeeding assessment and help mom meet her breastfeeding goals. Mothers who fully or partially (mostly) breastfeed their infants are eligible to participate in WIC for up to one year after giving birth.
Fully Breastfeeding Food Package
Moms who breastfeed their babies and do not get infant formula from WIC receive what's called a fully breastfeeding food package. It has more food and a larger variety of foods than food packages that include infant formula. This package has milk, juice, cereal, eggs, fruits and vegetables, whole wheat bread and other whole grains, canned fish, legumes, peanut butter, and cheese. When their babies are 6-12 months old, these moms also get baby food meats in addition to greater amounts of baby food fruits and vegetables.
Partially Breastfeeding Food Package
Breastfeeding moms who feed their baby mostly breast milk, but also some infant formula from WIC, get what's known as a partially breastfeeding food package. This package includes milk, juice, cereal, eggs, fruits and vegetables, whole wheat bread and other whole grains, legumes, and peanut butter.
Contact your WIC office to learn more about the food packages.