Cecil County WIC Program
WIC is a federally funded program that provides
healthy foods and nutrition counseling to eligible pregnant
women, new mothers, infants, and children.
The United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in the administration of any of
If you are eligible WIC provides healthy
foods such as:
- Infant Formula
- 100% Fruit and Vegetable Juice
- Peanut Butter
- Dried Beans and Peas
It's Much More Than Free Food
The WIC staff is a caring team of people who can
show you how to:
- Improve your family's health through better
- Have a healthier pregnancy.
- Feed your baby better.
- Breastfeed successfully.
- Help your children eat healthier.
- Obtain other health and social services.
- Use your WIC checks to buy nutritious foods.
We offer individual counseling, small classes and group
discussions and pamphlets to help you learn all about good nutrition. WIC staff
will work with you to develop healthy eating habits
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HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM ELIGIBLE FOR
If I am employed am I eligible for
Yes...you can be employed and receive WIC benefits. You are
eligible if you meet all of the following criteria:
- Live in Cecil County
- Are pregnant, a new mother, an infant or
child under 5 years of age
- Have a nutrition need
- Have a household gross (before taxes and deductions) income that is less than or equal to the income guidelines below, or you receive Food Stamps, Medical Assistance, TCA (Temporary Cash Assistance) or participate in MCHP (Maryland Children's Health Program).
For Income Guidelines based on Total Gross Income click here
WIC Pre-screening Tool Now Available Online (click here)
The WIC Pre-screening Tool is now accessible to all internet users via the "Am I Eligible?" links on the WIC homepage. It may also be accessed directly at https://stars.fns.usda.gov/wps/. The Tool is currently available in English, Spanish and Chinese (traditional). More languages are expected to be added in the near future.
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GOOD FAMILY NUTRITION STARTS WITH A CALL
How to apply or get more
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BREASTFEEDING INFORMATION AND
Cecil County WIC Program provides help and
support to breastfeeding women in the form of:
- Counselors to educate and support new
- Support Groups for mothers.
- Breast pumps for mothers returning to work or
Breastfeeding Steps for Success
- Make sure you are in a comfortable position
when you nurse your baby. Be sure to bring your baby to the breast rather
than your breast to the baby. Relax and sit back once your baby has latched
- During the first few days, the
length of each feeding may vary and this is okay. Be sure to nurse at least 8
times in 24 hours.
- During the first 2-3 weeks avoid giving your baby bottles
and pacifiers. Your baby is just learning how to nurse. Rubber nipples can
confuse the baby in the way he sucks.
- By the end of the first week, breast fed babies should have at least
6-8 wet diapers in 24 hours. Some have bowel movements after every nursing while
others may go twice a day. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about
- If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding,
call a breastfeeding counselor. Please ask for help if something does not seem
right. We are looking forward to speaking with you.
Breastfeeding Support in Cecil
- Cecil County WIC Program -- 410-996-5255
- Breastfeeding Coordinator -- Jessica Rosenberger, RD, LD
- Breastfeeding Coordinator -- Mary Jane Bush
- Breastfeeding Coordinator -- Raquel Myers
- Union Hospital of Cecil County
- Breastfeeding/Lactation services line-410-620-3773
- Breastfeeding support group-Tuesdays-call 410-620-3773 or go to www.uhcc.com for times
- Prenatal Breastfeeding class-Dates and times vary-call 410-392-7000 to register
- Upper Chesapeake Health Breastfeeding Warm Line -- 443-643-2948
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For good things to know about nutrition in
pregnancy, breastfeeding, infants and children go to the U.S. Government website or go to the Maryland WIC website
OTHER RELATED HEALTH DEPARTMENT
for Pregnant Women, Infants and Children
OTHER WIC & NUTRITION RELATED RESOURCES
United States Department
Center for Nutrition
Policy and Promotion
Food and Drug
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