Maternal and Child Health
WIC provides food coupons for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women. WIC strongly encourages pregnant women to seek prenatal care right away. It is important to make an appointment with a doctor as soon as pregnancy is suspected as well as with your local WIC agency. Early prenatal care gives your baby the best chance to be born healthy and stay that way. After delivery, it is important to obtain proper nutrition to maintain energy and replace depleted nutrients. WIC also is a good support center for its' breastfeeding mothers. Many of the local staff are certified lactation consultants and available to answer questions. For further breastfeeding support check out:
Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre
Newborns and very young infants who qualify for WIC are eligible until they are 1 year old. Newborns are measured and assessed for proper growth and feeding habits. Moms are educated on proper breastfeeding techniques and the signs of a healthy breastfed infant. The Rock Island County Health Department Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program has been developed to provide personal assistance to new moms during the first few weeks of breast feeding. The counselors all have breastfeeding experience and are available to answer questions and address your concerns at 309-558-2891. If formula is being used, proper amounts and preparation are discussed. If your infant needs a specialty formula, print out the following form to take to your doctor (formula form) . Introduction of solid foods throughout the first year are presented to the client by video education, group education in a workshop format or individual counseling. WIC and the Healthy Moms/Healthy Kids program also maintain a record of the infant's immunizations when provided by the client to ensure proper vaccination. Referrals are given if there is a financial issue and parents are provided with an immunization schedule for infants and children up to 18 years of age.
Children ages 1-5 are seen at WIC and are assessed for growth and development, iron levels and eating habits. WIC also follows up on the child's immunization record and will perform a lead screen when the child is one year old. The focus of the nutrition counseling for parents of small children is to ensure proper foods are being offered and that mealtime be a pleasant, positive experience. Types of education for children are the same as listed above for infants. One of the newest forms of client education is offered over the internet and is targeted towards our low risk population. The site offers the client nutrition information and the convenience of simply printing off a certificate at home and bringing it in to receive more food coupons. The Ellyn Satter approach, which is known for its "division of responsibility" is discussed and encouraged for parents to practice. This approach has been shown to keep your child from becoming a picky eater while teaching them to eat a variety of foods and at exactly the right amounts. The Choosy Kids program was a special project aimed at increasing physical activity in children combined with nutrition education.
WIC is a supplemental nutrition program serving a limited population, if you would like more information about cash assistance or food stamps go to www.fns.usda.gov or call 1-800-221-5689. The local Department of Human Services number is 309-794-9530.
Do I qualify for WIC?
"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250=9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."
De acuerdo a lo establecido por las leyes Federales y el Departmamento de Agricultura de los EE.UU. (USDA siglas en ingles), se le prohibe a esta organizacion la discriminacion por raza, color, origin, nacional, sexo, edad o impedimentos de las personas. Para presenter una queja sobre discriminacion, escriba a USDA, Director Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 o llame al (800) 795-3272 o (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA es un proveedor y empleador que ofrece oportunidad igual a todos.
Contact Traci Owens at (309) 558-2881 or by E-mail .
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