Healthy People in a Healthy Environment

WIC Program

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.

WIC Eligibility

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)
      • Infant
      • 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.

Breastfeeding Resources

Cecil County WIC-410-996-5255

Union Hospital- 410-620-3773

BF Support Meetings Wednesday’s 10:00 a.m.

BF Support Meetings Wednesday’s 10:00 a.m.

Upper Chesapeake Medical Center- 443-643-2948

BF Support Meetings Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 a.m.

WIC Location and Hours:

Edgewood:

1321 Woodbridge Station Way

Edgewood, MD 21040

Phone: 410-612-1776

Fax: 410-612-9182

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

3rd Monday of each month: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Swan Creek:

2027 Pulaski Highway, Suite 107

Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Phone: 410-939-6680

Fax: 443-526-6162

Monday- Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

Check Pick-Up Schedule:

WOODBRIDGE

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.

SWAN CREEK

1st, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays
8:30am, 9am, 9:30am and 1:30pm and 2pm
2nd Wednesday of each month 
11:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 6:00pm and 6:30pm.
Make-up Check pick-up is every
Thursday at 3:30pm

 

Authorized Food List in English

Medical Documentation Form

Authorized Food List in Spanish

My WIC Video