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What is WIC?
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a public health nutrition program under the USDA providing nutrition education, nutritious foods, breastfeeding support, and healthcare referrals for income-eligible women who are pregnant or post-partum, infants, and children up to age 5.
The program has an extraordinary 40-year record of preventing children’s health problems and improving their long-term health, growth and development. WIC serves over 9.1 million women, infants and children through over 10,000 clinics nationwide. In 2013, Maryland WIC served over 145,000 women, infants and children each month.
To be eligible for WIC you must:
- Live in Maryland and are a(n)
- Pregnant woman
- New mom (up to six months after delivery)
- Breastfeeding mom (up to one year after delivery)
- Child under the age of five
- You meet the income guidelines: 185% poverty level-for example a family of four (4) can have an annual income of $44,123. If you receive Medical Assistance, Cash Assistance or Food Stamps you can also be eligible for the WIC Program.
- You have a nutritional need
Maryland WIC Program Income Guidelines
Check the income guidelines to see if you qualify for WIC HERE. If your family receives less than the
amount listed, you may be eligible. Foster care, Medical Assistance, Temporary Cash Assistance
and Food Supplement Program clients are income eligible.
What Does WIC Provide ?
- Supplemental Foods
- Breastfeeding Education, Promotion and Support
- High-Risk Nutrition Counseling
- Participant Centered Education
Breastfeeding Information & Support
WIC Provides You:
- Peer Counselors: These are successful breastfeeding mothers trained to support basic breastfeeding.
- Lactation Consultants: Trained for more complex breastfeeding issues.
- Support Groups: Meet other breastfeeding mothers and check your baby’s weight.
- Breast pumps: Available as needed.
- Increased food packages for both mom and baby.
- Individual appointments: Meet with the peer counselor or lactation consultant for personal help with breastfeeding concerns.
- Education: Classes and personalized information on breastfeeding and baby behavior.
Breastfeeding Steps For Success
- Believe in your body—Breastfeed at least 10 times a day and you will make plenty of milk for your baby.
- Hold baby skin to skin—this increases your milk supply, calms baby and encourages nursing.
- Watch the baby, not the clock— Nurse whenever baby starts to stir in his sleep, suck on his fingers, or root. Allow baby to nurse until he comes off the breast, and then offer the other side.
- Breastfeed exclusively—No pacifiers or bottles for the first few weeks. Baby needs to be at the breast to create a good milk supply.
- The scoop on poop—You can be confident your baby is getting enough breast milk if he/she has at least 6 wet and 2 dirty diapers a day.
- Wait to pump—Your baby is better than any pump. When your milk supply is well established, around 4 weeks, call WIC to ask about pumping.
- If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding, call WIC or attend a support group. Please ask for help if something does not seem right. We look forward to speaking with you.
|Harford County WIC||Cecil County WIC410-996-5255|
|Union Hospital410-620-3773BF Support MeetingsTuesdays 10:00 a.m.|
|Upper Chesapeake Medical Center443-643-2948BF Support Meetings Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 a.m.||La Leche League-Harford County443-379-4LLL (4555)1st Wednesdays @ Lorien Nursing Home, Bel Air @ 7:00 p.m.2nd Mondays @ Wegmans Cafe in Abingdon @ 10:00 a.m.|
WIC Location and Hours:
1321 Woodbridge Station Way
Edgewood, MD 21040
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
3rd Monday of each month: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
2027 Pulaski Highway, Suite 107
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Monday- Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Check Pick-Up Schedule:
1st, 2nd and 4th Monday’s of each month
8:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
3rd Monday of each month
11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
Make-up check pick-up
Tuesdays 3:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.