A big thank you to Mary, friend of Oakland Macomb OBGYN! She does the essential work of providing access to breastfeeding and nutritional support for families in need. Below, she tells us all about the program, and she wants to emphasize that many families qualify and don’t even realize it! WIC incomes guidelines are for people who are at or below 185% of the federal poverty line, so it includes a lot of people!
My name is Mary and I’m a Registered Dietitian at Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which is a federally funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program that provides nutrition counseling, community referrals and breastfeeding support for pregnant/postpartum women and children 0-5 years old. Through these services I help moms and their children reach their health and nutrition goals.
Michigan WIC serves more than 200,000 moms, babies and children each month providing them with food packages worth up to $112 for each participant.
Something that many people don’t know is that WIC as a supplemental food program, is available to many working families. In fact one out of every two babies born in Michigan receives WIC.
Aside from the food benefits, participation in WIC significantly improves the number of women receiving adequate prenatal care, improves dietary intake of pregnant and postpartum women and decreases the incidence of low birth weight and preterm birth.
As a dietitian for WIC, I love that I get to empower my moms to give their families a healthy start through lifestyle and nutrition, I hope that more working families look into this awesome free resource. Unfortunately we don’t learn how to nourish our families in school so WIC can serve as a valuable learning tool that can help moms best take care of themselves and their families.
To find a WIC near you, all they have to do is dial 211!