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As a clinician, you strongly influence patients' decision about their health. A WIC referral from you carries a lot of weight. Click HERE to view details about including WIC in your routine office visits.
WIC FOOD PACKAGE The WIC Foods encourage eating more fruits and vegetables, less saturated fat, increasing whole grains and fiber and breastfeeding. It Is WIC policy that only fat free or 1% milk will be given by the WIC program to women and children over age 2. There is no routine issuance of formula in the first month of life. One can of powdered formula can be provided with medical need. Enfamil Premium Infant and Enfamil ProSobee (Soy) are the Massachusetts WIC contract formulas.
“Breastfeeding is the most precious gift a mother can give her infant. When there is infection or illness, it may be a life-saving gift. When there is poverty, it may be the only gift.” Dr. Ruth A. Lawrence, Professor of Pediatrics * OB/GYN at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
PRESUMPTIVE PREGNANCY POLICY REMIND Your Prenatal Patients… WIC has a policy that allows women to start their prenatal nutrition program as early as possible. If eligible, a woman can even enroll in WIC before her first doctor’s appointment. It is recommended that a nutrition program begin before 13 weeks for a healthier pregnancy and baby!
BREASTFEEDING One of WIC’s most important roles is to promote, support and protect breastfeeding for the mothers and babies we serve. To assist mothers in building and maintaining milk supply, WIC does not routinely provide formula to breastfed infants in the first month of life, unless deemed medically necessary. For more important resources about breastfeeding, view the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition
BREASTFEEDING PEER COUNSELING MOTHER-TO-MOTHER
Our Quincy Program has three Breastfeeding Peer Counselors that have completed in-depth breastfeeding training and all are CLC Certified. They provide mothers with appropriate breastfeeding support. Counselors are available in person, by phone and are accessible outside of typical clinic hours. Our program encourages mom’s toward full and long term breastfeeding. Electric breast-pumps are available to borrow. For more information about our breastfeeding support, please call Kathy Sweeney, LDN, IBCLC, at: 617-376-8701 X18 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK We offer FREE Happiest Baby On The Block class for all new WIC moms and family members. Classes are last Wednesday of the month from 11:00a-12:00p.
Whenever you meet with a new mother as a midwife, pediatrician, family physician, mental health professional or other service provider, it is an important opportunity to ask about how she is adjusting. Screening tools and a list of symptoms as guidelines to help in the discussion can be found on the PPD website.
ESSENTIAL MEDICAL FORMS AND NUTRITION INFORMATION
DENTAL REMINDER FOR PRENATAL AND NEW MOTHERS
TEXTING FOR A HEALTHIER BABY Texting for Healthy Baby aims to address the U.S. infant mortality public health crisis. Expectant and new moms can get health information delivered free to their mobile phones through this innovative program. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, text4baby provides women with information during pregnancy and through baby’s first year to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.
In a national data set of low-income mothers, the prevalence of women with excessive weight gain during pregnancy rose from 37.5% to 42.8%, and the prevalence of women with inadequate weight gain during pregnancy dropped from 33.1% to 25.0% over the past ten years. Women who are underweight and/or do not gain enough weight during pregnancy are at risk for low birth weight infants, retarded fetal growth, perinatal morbidity, hemorrhaging, anemia, endometriosis, Cesarean delivery, and preterm delivery. Overweight mothers and those who gain excessive weight during pregnancy are at risk for preeclampsia, high birth weight infants, postpartum weight retention and gestational diabetes.
TOUCHING HEARTS TO... GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER! Strategies and materials on websites differ from traditional nutrition education approaches. Because emotions, not logic or facts alone, drive behaviors, this new approach is designed to replace logic with emotion. *NEW* WIC can be a powerful, life-changing place for parents when their greatest needs are met! But getting parents to open up and share their needs and concerns is sometimes a challenge. Getting to the Heart of the Matter provides simple, practical and fun tools for cutting through the clutter and identifying important topics to talk about with WIC clients.
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