Meeting with a WIC educator
Our WIC educators are highly trained. They know a lot about nutrition and health, pregnancy, babies, breastfeeding, children and community resources. They also live in your community or nearby. And they care about people.
You will meet with a WIC educator
• When you first enroll in the program.
• When it’s time to talk about your pregnancy or breastfeeding.
• When it’s time to talk about how your new baby is doing or how your child is eating and growing.
• When you have breastfeeding questions or need help.
• When it’s time to talk about your baby’s or child’s shots.
The WIC educator will
• Share information with you about health, foods and nutrition.
• Help you figure out which foods are best for your family.
• Give you the information and support you need to breastfeed if you’re pregnant or a new mother.
• Talk with you about your child’s shots and why it’s important to keep them up to date.
• Share ideas about feeding a fussy eater.
• Talk with you about any concerns you might have and answer any questions.
• Refer you to a breastfeeding peer counselor if you need additional help.
• Refer you to a nutritionist if you have any health concerns or questions about a special health condition.
Meeting with a breastfeeding expert
If you have a breastfeeding difficulty or serious concern, we have breastfeeding experts who can help. They are mothers like you. They have breastfed their own children. They might live in the same community as you. And they are well-trained in the area of breastfeeding.
If your breastfeeding problem is complicated, you might meet with one of our lactation consultants. They are certified professionals who help mothers breastfeed in difficult situations.
Meeting with a nutritionist
If your WIC educator learns that you, your baby or your child has a special health condition, she will refer you to a WIC nutritionist. Our nutritionists have college degrees in nutrition.
You can meet with a nutritionist
• If you are pregnant and have gestational diabetes or another health issue.
• If you are a new mother and have an ongoing health concern.
• If your baby is a preemie.
• If your baby or child has special needs.
• If you are concerned about your child’s development.
When you meet with the nutritionist
• You will have the chance to ask questions about health, nutrition or your child’s growth and development.
• Your nutritionist can answer your questions about how certain foods affect health.
• She or he will be happy to talk with you about breastfeeding.
• Your nutritionist will guide you if your doctor recommends a special formula or diet for your baby or child.
• And you can talk with your nutritionist about concerns you may have about yourself or your child.
Parent sessions during your WIC appointments
Often your WIC appointment will be scheduled for a time when there is a parent session. Parent sessions are guided by a WIC educator. At a parent session you can learn things that will help you and your family. You can ask the WIC educator questions. And you can talk with other parents about their experiences and share yours. Read more about parent sessions here>>