WIC

The Benefits Of NAHC WIC…

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

NUTRITIOUS FOOD

NUTRITION EDUCATION

REFERRALS

WIC is available to low to medium income families in any of the categories below:

  • A pregnant woman
  • A woman breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
  • A woman who had a baby or was pregnant in the past 6 months
  • A baby up to his or her first birthday
  • A child up to his or her fifth birthday

You may qualify if you:

  • Receive Medi-Cal, CalWorks (TANF) or CalFresh (SNAP) benefits
  • Pregnant women are encouraged to apply anytime in their pregnancy, the earlier the better!
  • Infants and children cared for by their fathers, other guardians or foster parents are also eligible.
Set up an appointment at a WIC local agency near you! Visit our mobile-friendly website at m.wic.ca.gov to find a WIC local agency site near you.

What do I bring to my first WIC appointment?

  • Each person who will be enrolling into the WIC program
  • Identification — for yourself & any children age birth to 5 years
  • Proof of address — a document verifying your current address
  • Proof of income — current documents such as, paycheck, tax return or letter from employer

What should I expect at my first WIC appointment?

  • A review of the WIC program services & benefits, including “How to use your WIC checks” Welcome to WIC video
  • An Individualized Nutrition Assessment for each qualifying member of your family

The Benefits Of NAHC WIC…

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

NUTRITIOUS FOOD

NUTRITION EDUCATION

REFERRALS

WIC is available to low to medium income families in any of the categories below:

  • A pregnant woman
  • A woman breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
  • A woman who had a baby or was pregnant in the past 6 months
  • A baby up to his or her first birthday
  • A child up to his or her fifth birthday

You may qualify if you:

  • Receive Medi-Cal, CalWorks (TANF) or CalFresh (SNAP) benefits
  • Pregnant women are encouraged to apply anytime in their pregnancy, the earlier the better!
  • Infants and children cared for by their fathers, other guardians or foster parents are also eligible.
Set up an appointment at a WIC local agency near you! Visit our mobile-friendly website at m.wic.ca.gov to find a WIC local agency site near you.

What do I bring to my first WIC appointment?

  • Each person who will be enrolling into the WIC program
  • Identification — for yourself & any children age birth to 5 years
  • Proof of address — a document verifying your current address
  • Proof of income — current documents such as, paycheck, tax return or letter from employer

What should I expect at my first WIC appointment?

  • A review of the WIC program services & benefits, including “How to use your WIC checks” Welcome to WIC video
  • An Individualized Nutrition Assessment for each qualifying member of your family

Teamwork

Mom needs your support and encouragement to reach her breastfeeding goals. Everyone has a role to play in helping mom and baby get off to a good start with breastfeeding.

  • WIC
  • Dads
  • Grandparents
  • Family & friends

Benefits to Breastfeeding

Breastmilk is the best food for infants and small children. It provides real health benefits for baby and mom that last a lifetime.

  • Myths of breastfeeding
  • Good for Babies
  • Good for moms.
  • Good for preemies

Your Milk Supply

Making sure you have enough milk is probably at the top of your mind. Breastfeed every time your baby is hungry to build a large supply. The more you breastfeed, the more milk you will make.

  • Pump and store
  • Stockpiling your breastmilk
  • Before a feeding
  • During a feeding
  • Between feeding
  • Tips to adjust breastmilk supply if there is an oversupply
  • Engorgement
  • Introducing a bottle of breastmilk
  • Baby Cues

Breastfeeding 101

You can do it! Breastfeeding can be challenging, but it’s worth it. Breastfeed as much as you can, for as long as you can. The more you nurse, the more milk you will make!

  • Sacred 1st hour
  • Skin to Skin
  • How to latch
  • Baby Cues

Getting Prepared

Choosing to breastfeed your infant can have lasting benefits for you and your child, so plan ahead.

  • Baby behavior
  • My breastfeeding plan
  • What to pack
  • What to ask your providers

Self Care

You are taking care of baby, but are you taking care of yourself? Making sure that you stay physically and mentally healthy is important for your well-being and your baby’s

  • Family Planning
  • Nutrition and Exercise
  • Mental and emotional Health

Working Moms

It may seem overwhelming to think about everything you need to do to get ready for maternity leave, and then go back to work. But don’t worry, there are many ways to prepare so that you feel good about leaving, and going back

  • Maternity leave
  • Returning to work
  • Pumping at work
  • Your rights and the law

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