Your WIC appointment

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There are many kinds of WIC appointments. At each visit you can learn something new. Our WIC educators, breastfeeding experts and nutritionists are knowledgeable, caring and helpful.

Different kinds of WIC appointments
• At your first visit we will enroll you, your baby or your child in WIC if you and your child are eligible.
• At some visits you will meet one-on-one with a WIC educator. You may also meet with a breastfeeding expert or nutritionist.
• Other visits will include parent sessions. A WIC educator will talk with you and other parents. Together you will learn more about raising a healthy family.

Can you bring a family member or friend?
• Feel free to bring a family member or friend to any WIC visit or parent session or breastfeeding support group.

Your first appointment
• If you are a pregnant woman or new mother, we will enroll you.
• If you are a parent, grandparent or legal guardian, we will enroll your baby or child.
• A WIC educator will help you with the enrollment steps.
• She will talk with you about how WIC works.
• Together you will begin talking about healthy foods and your family’s health.
• And you will receive food checks.

Your first appointment when you’re pregnant
• You and your WIC educator will talk about your diet and how you are feeling. You will talk about what you can do to make sure you and your unborn child are healthy.
• The two of you will talk about breastfeeding.
• You will be encouraged to attend parent sessions.
• You will be encouraged to attend a parent session about baby behavior.
• Your WIC educator may suggest that you talk to your doctor about getting a flu shot.
• Your WIC educator will refer you to a WIC nutritionist if you are experiencing gestational diabetes or other health problems.
• And you will receive food checks.

Your first appointment with your new baby
• Your WIC educator will talk with you about how you’re feeding your new baby.
• Your WIC educator will answer your questions about breastfeeding.
• Together you will talk about any concerns you may have.
• You will have a chance to go to a parent session about baby behavior. You can learn about how a new baby acts and understand your baby better.
• And you will receive food checks.

Your first appointment with your older baby, toddler or child
• Your WIC educator will talk to you about WIC services.
• She will encourage you to go to parent sessions that help you raise a healthy family.
• Together you will talk about feeding your family healthy meals.
• She will talk with you about your child’s shots.
• She will discuss any concerns you may have.
• And you will receive food checks.

If breastfeeding is challenging
• Your WIC educator will talk with you about your breastfeeding concerns.
• She may refer you to a breastfeeding peer counselor or lactation consultant for more help.
• She will encourage you to attend a breastfeeding support group.
• She will encourage you to phone the Breastfeeding Helpline whenever you have a question.
• You can receive breastfeeding help from WIC at any time.

If you, your baby or your child has a health concern
• Your WIC educator will refer you to a nutritionist at your WIC center.
• You will be able to talk with your nutritionist about your concerns the same day or at your next appointment.

If you need to find help in the community
• You can talk to your WIC educator about any needs or concerns you may have. Do you need to find a nearby preschool? Do you need to access Medi-Cal or low-cost insurance? Do you need a shelter? Do you need protection from an abusive partner? Do you have other needs or questions?
• If so, your WIC educator will be happy to give you a referral to a community resource.

Future WIC visits—if you are still eligible
• At some visits you will meet one-on-one with a WIC educator.
• At some visits you can take part in a parent session with a WIC educator and other parents.
• If you have been referred to a nutritionist, you might meet with her or him again.
• And you will receive food checks as long as you remain eligible.

How often?
• Some WIC visits will be once a month.
• Other WIC visits will be 2 months or even 3 months after your last visit if you meet certain requirements.

Showing proof again
• At certain times WIC will ask you to show proof of your income and proof of where you live, and bring medical information from your doctor. This proof will show that you still are eligible for WIC.

If you need to make an appointment or change one
• Look on this website for the button called “Your appointment!” You can fill out a form that will be sent to WIC.
• Or call (310) 661-3080.

If you have questions about WIC
• Look for the answers on this website.
• Or call (310) 661-3080.