Benefits of WIC

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WIC participants receive many benefits from the program. Participants learn about health and nutrition information that is important to their family. WIC offers breastfeeding support to nursing mothers. Participants also receive checks to purchase healthy foods. Lastly, if WIC cannot answer your questions or you need more information about other services, WIC can connect you with additional community resources.

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Nutrition Education

Part of the WIC mission is making sure families have up-to-date health and nutrition information.

WIC nutrition professionals engage with families to discuss topics that are relevant to good health. Evidence-based information is provided on a variety of topics that are important to the family.

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Today's experts encourage parents to make food a pleasant experience, offering appropriate choices and limits. Visit Ellyn Sattrer's website for more information:

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Many families have questions about BPA, a substance found in many baby bottles and water bottles, which may be harmful.

Learn more about BPA and how to avoid it

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You and your family's health is just as important now as it was when you were pregnant. Take a look at our Next Steps to Health for you and your family brochure for great information to keeping your family healthy!

Breastfeeding Support

Breast milk is the best food for a baby and WIC is committed to helping mothers be successful with breastfeeding. Most women have questions about breastfeeding. WIC can give you helpful information on the benefits of breastfeeding by discussing

  • Any questions and concerns you have about breastfeeding.
  • How to get your family and friends engaged in your decision to breastfeed
  • How to talk to your doctor about your decision to breastfeed
  • Community resources for breastfeeding support, such as new mom and breastfeeding groups
  • How to maintain breastfeeding when you will return to work or school.

WIC also provides loaner breastpumps to mothers who may need one.

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Food Benefits

WIC foods are provided to help meet the nutrition needs of participants. Foods include iron-fortified breakfast cereal, 100% juice, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, dried and canned beans/peas, canned fish, soy-based beverage, tofu, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, infant cereal, jarred infant fruits, vegetables and meats and infant formula as needed to meet the nutritional needs of WIC participants. In the summer, vouchers are given for fresh fruits and vegetables from Maine farmers.

WIC participants receive checks or vouchers to purchase specific foods each month that are designed to supplement their diets with specific nutrients that benefit WIC's target population.

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Referrals

WIC benefits don't stop at food and breastfeeding support. WIC staff can connect you with helpful resources in your community to meet your family's needs. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Dental services
  • Healthcare providers
  • Maine Families
  • Head Start
  • Heating assistance
  • DHHS programs

We've also compiled a list of helpful websites for your family: Check it out here