What is WIC?
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program believes that every interaction between our staff and our participants is an opportunity to make a positive lifelong difference in the health of that individual and his or her family.
WIC serves pregnant women, infants, and children from birth through age 5. The program offers health information, nutritious foods, assistance with access to health care, and much more. All WIC services are provided at no cost.
WIC provides services at 5 clinic sites in York County, located in Biddeford, Buxton, Kittery, Limerick, and Sanford.
Supplemental Nutritious Foods
The foods provided through WIC are designed to supplement your diet with specific, key nutrients. Foods include infant and adult cereal, fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin-C, juice, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, dried and canned beans, peas and/or fish, and other soy-based options.
WIC promotes breastfeeding as the best source of nutrition for infants; however, we recognize that not all women decide, or are able, to fully breastfeed. For non-breastfeeding women, WIC provides iron-fortified infant formula.
Special infant formulas and medical foods may be provided when prescribed by a doctor for a specified medical condition.
Screenings and Referrals
Assuring your child receives the immunizations, screenings, and other health services he or she needs to stay healthy is an important way in which WIC supports the health of your child.
We encourage you to bring your immunization record to your WIC appointment so that our staff can review it and provide referrals to a health care provider as needed.
Nutrition Education & Counseling
Knowing what foods to eat and which nutrients are most important for you and your child is not always easy to figure out. That's why WIC offers one-on-one nutrition education and counseling to pregnant women, provided by Certified Nutrition Counselors.
Your Certified Nutrition Counselor will sit with you to help you determine which foods to eat (and which to avoid) to best support your own physical wellness during pregnancy, and that of your infant.
WIC promotes breastfeeding as a means to improve the nutritional status of infants. To encourage new mothers to breastfeed, WIC offers a variety of supports, including information and educational materials, breastfeeding Peer Counselors, breast pumps, and enhanced food packages to mothers who are breastfeeding.
We want your visits to WIC to be helpful and positive. At each appointment, your child will have the opportunity to choose a free book to bring home. WIC also offers periodic cooking demonstrations and story time activities that are a fun way for you and your child to learn.
What to expect at a WIC appointment
At your first WIC appointment—whether you're prenatal or a parent (mom or dad) with a young child—you'll meet our staff and learn about the various services available to you. If you are pregnant, we will check your weight and iron levels, to make sure you're not experiencing anemia. We will also discuss healthy eating and provide helpful tips to protect the health and wellness of you and your baby.
We will make sure you know what to expect in the coming weeks and months. We're your team now, a group of experienced professionals whose interest is to help you and your baby during pregnancy and after birth.
Regular WIC visits may be scheduled during your first meeting. Our services are available to you until your child reaches the age of five.
The WIC team looks forward to seeing you soon. Give us a call at (207) 459-2942 to schedule an appointment, or stop in at one of our 6 clinic sites in York County.
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