WIC

What is WIC?

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a supplemental nutrition program for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, postpartum women, infants and children up to age five. Benefits include healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding information and referrals to other programs.

What services does WIC provide?
Nutrition and Health Education
  • provides individual nutrition sessions

  • counsels high risk patients with special dietary needs

  • promotes healthy food choices

  • teaches the relationship between nutrition and good health

At each clinic visit, you will have an opportunity to learn about nutrition. We provide participants with education on infant feeding, breast feeding, dental health, shopping on a budget, and much more.

Breastfeeding Education and Support
  • supports breastfeeding women (lactation consultant, breastfeeding peer counselors)

  • promotes breastfeeding as the optimal feeding method

  • provides breastfeeding aids (including pumps)

  • makes referrals to breastfeeding resources in the local community

Referrals and Service Information
  • provides individuals not receiving medical care with referrals to medical care services

  • refers routinely to: immunizations, health care coverage (MedicaidChild Health Insurance Program CHIP, dental care, lead screening, prenatal care, family planning, well child exams, and food banks.)

  • accepts and provides follow-up on referrals from area health care partners

What foods does WIC provide?

WIC foods improve the diets and health of women and children on WIC. As a result, pregnant women are less likely to have low birth weight babies. Children grow better and are less likely to have low iron.

  • Milk and Cheese: Protein, Calcium, Vitamin A, Zinc

  • Eggs: Protein, Vitamin A, Zinc

  • Beans & Lentils: Protein, Iron, Folate

  • Cereals: Iron, Folate, Zinc

  • Juices: Vitamin C, Folate (Vitamin A if vegetable juice)

  • Iron Fortified Infant Formula: (for non-breastfed infants) May be limited to specific brands.

  • Peanut Butter

  • Canned Fish

  • Baby Food, Baby Food Meat

  • Fruits & Vegetables

  • Whole Wheat Bread

  • Tortillas

  • Brown Rice

Who is eligible?

Pregnant, Breastfeeding, or Postpartum Women; Infants; and Children under five years of age, must meet the following requirements for WIC eligibility:

  • Meet residency requirements, (live in Carbon, Emery, or Grand County).

  • Meet income guidelines (OR are receiving Medicaid or food stamps).

 

Utah WIC Program Income Eligibility Guidelines
Effective July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
 

 

 

 

 

Where are WIC offices located:

You can apply for WIC at the local health department in your county.

Price Office

28 S 100 E
PO Box 800
Price, UT 84501
(435) 637-3671

Castle Dale Office

25 W Main
PO Box 644
Castle Dale, UT 84513
(435) 381-2252

 
Moab Office

575 S. Kane Creek Blvd.
PO Box E
Moab, UT 84532
(435) 259-5602

 
 
What do I bring to the clinic?
  • Each woman and child applying for WIC needs to be present.

  • Identification for each person: This may be a birth certificate, driver's license, crib card, or medical record.

  • Proof of Residency: A document, a bill or official mail with your name and address on it.

  • Proof of Income: Pay stubs showing gross income for the household or active Medical Assistance cards, Independence cards and/or social services grant letter.

  • Immunization records for all children.

Talk to the WIC clinic if you are having problems bringing any of the above information.

What happens at the clinic?

Your proof of income and address will be reviewed. For all applicants, height and weight will be checked and a drop of blood will be taken to check for iron level. You will be asked about your health and the foods you eat. You will receive nutrition education. All information provided to the WIC program remains confidential.

 

If you are found eligible for WIC, you will receive a WIC ID packet and your first set of vouchers with instructions on how to purchase eligible food items at WIC authorized stores. See your local WIC clinic for grocery stores in your area that accept WIC vouchers.

Where can I get more information on breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding:

 

Breastfeeding gives your baby the best start. It has many benefits for babies and moms. Doctors recommend babies be breastfed for at least the whole first year.

 

For breastfeeding resources, call 1-877-WIC-KIDS.

What if my baby needs formula?

WIC provides the Ross line of standard milk-based and soy-based iron fortified formulas, which are Similac Advance, Isomil Advance and Similac Sensitive. See your local clinic if your infant has a special medical or nutritional need for a specialty formula.

How do I use my WIC vouchers?

You may shop at any store that has been approved as an authorized WIC Vendor. Many stores that are approved have a sign in the window. You may also ask the store manager or you clinic staff if you are not sure where to shop.

  1. Make sure you tell the cashier you have a WIC purchase.

  2. Separate all WIC foods from any other items you are buying.

  3. Give the cashier the vouchers you are using.

  4. Show the cashier your WIC packet.

In most cases, it is a simple as that and you will be on your way!

WIC Non-discrimination Policy

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:

http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html

and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

               Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

               1400 Independence Avenue, SW

               Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

 

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

 

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

Esta institucion es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.   Spanish

 

 

NOTE: WIC offices are only open Monday thru Thursday.  
WIC is closed on Fridays.

Click on Docx to see Eligibility Guidelines

BREASTFEEDING
How often and how long should a baby nurse?

A new born should be nursing an average of 8 – 12 feedings in 24 hours. Babies usually nurse for a total of 20 – 30 minutes at a feeding. Because each baby and each feeding is different, we encourage moms not to watch the clock: instead moms should allow the baby to finish the first breast first, then burp and offer the other breast. This way the baby will get the proper balance of fluids and calories. After breastfeeding it is sometimes helpful to keep a spitty baby upright such as a car seat or infant carrier for 15-20 minutes after feeding.

 
My baby just finished nursing and is still acting hungry, should I give a bottle?

No (unless instructed otherwise by baby’s doctor). Supplementing with formula will fill up the baby and make him/her less interested in breastfeeding. Supplements can also interfere with your milk supply (decreasing it) because the baby will go longer between nursing and will take less milk at the breast. Instead, you should offer the breast again; paying close attention to your baby’s latch (see below) in order to make sure baby is able to transfer the milk effectively. Try offering the breast sooner at the next feeding (note: to increase milk supply offer breast frequently and make sure one or both are emptied at each feeding). And remember babies can be fussy for reasons other than hunger.

 

How do I know if my baby is latched correctly?
  • the baby is held close to mom (baby’s chest faces mom’s chest)

  • the baby has taken the breast deeply into his/her mouth.

  • Baby is pulled close so his/her chin is pressed into the breast and nose may rest on the breast.

  • Baby’s lips are flanged out and relaxed.

  • Baby’s tongue is cupped beneath mother’s breast.

  • Breastfeeding is comfortable for the mother.

 

 

My nipples are really sore, what should I do?

Most moms experience nipple soreness in the first week or two of breastfeeding. This temporary tenderness usually diminishes when the milk lets down, and disappears completely within the first week or two if baby is positioned and latched-on correctly at the breast. If soreness does not improve after three days of consistently working to correct the latch, if nipples become cracked or bleeding, or if intense pain is experienced, mom should seek professional help as soon as possible.

 

For treamtent of moderately sore nipples:

  • Pay attention to baby’s latch and correct if needed.

  • Apply pure lanolin cream to nipples

  • Air dry nipples between feedings.

  • Seek assistance from a lactation specialist

 

My baby is really fussy, is it something I ate?

Probably not. Most mothers can eat any food they like without causing any problem for their babies. If a baby has an obvious reaction every time a mom eats a certain food, she can eliminate that food from her diet, then try reintroducing it later to see if the reaction returns. It is important to remember that for most fussy and gassy babies, the problem is something other than mother’s milk.

 

How can I tell if my baby is getting enough breast milk?

Many moms ask this question. Remember, the more milk your baby takes, the more milk you will produce. Supplementing with formula (especially during the first few months) will decrease your milk supply. Your baby is probably getting enough breast milk if:

  • You are breast feeding every 1 ½ to 3 hours or at least 8 to 12 times in a twenty four hour period.

  • Your baby has at least 6 to 8 wet and 4 or more messy diapers in a 24 hour period. (Before 2 months of age).

  • Your baby is gaining weight appropriately.

Talk to your baby’s doctor if you have concerns about your baby’s nutrition.

Address:
28 South 100 East
Price, UT 84501

bgarff@utah.gov
Tel: 435-637-3671
Fax: 435-637-1933

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