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WIC questions hersupermommy 1 child; Alabama 154 posts
26th Nov '12

So my daughter is being delivered via c-section this Saturday. My plan is to breast feed until I go back to work at the end of January. I haven't been on WIC during my pregnancy, but I do plan to go there this week. My first question is, how does the process work as far as receiving the checks? I know how it works in the store, because I'm a customer service manager at Walmart. But I wasn't sure when they give out the checks or how you get them. My second question is, what do they do if you're breastfeeding? And also, if I tell them I'm breastfeeding and then my supply gets low or I'm unable to, how do I need to let them know so that I can get the formula? That's my biggest reason for the WIC, is to get formula for her once I go back to work. TIA

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
26th Nov '12

You have to go to an appointment every couple months and they give you the checks there. If you're breastfeeding they give you a couple extra things in place of formula...like peanut butter I think. It's been a few years for me. When you're done BFing you can just tell them at your appointment when you go to get your checks.

martinez♥ Due February 13; 2 kids; Fort Myers, Florida 2596 posts
26th Nov '12

Once your daughter is born you will need to call to make a certification appointment. Bring all the documentation that they ask for. They will do a postpartum evaluation on you and a newborn assessment on her. You will see a clerk who will put your data and income information into the computer (if you have medicaid you automatically qualify for WIC and don't need an income verification). Then you will see a health clerk who will check weight and height for you and the baby and also iron levels. Then you will see a nutritionist who will talk to you about breastfeeding, plans, etc. You can pick from three food packages: NF (no formula), PF (partial formula), and FF (full formula). If you are on at least a PF package you can probably get a manual breastpump. If you are on a NF package from day 1 then they will give or loan you an electrical pump once you go to work. If you go on a NF package they will not switch you to PF or FF until at least your second month. After you do all that you go sit in the waiting room until your checks are picked up. Keep in mind that WIC is defined as a SUPPLEMENTAL nutrition program, so even if you go with a FF package they will NOT supply you with all the formula you will need for your baby. You will still have to buy some.

hersupermommy 1 child; Alabama 154 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting Lizplustwo:" You have to go to an appointment every couple months and they give you the checks there. If you're breastfeeding ... [snip!] ... It's been a few years for me. When you're done BFing you can just tell them at your appointment when you go to get your checks."

What if something happens before an appointment and I can't breastfeed? Can they issue an extra check for formula or would I have to wait?

andthesenights 1 child; Virginia 4358 posts
26th Nov '12

They'll give you a pump for free if you're breastfeeding and will be going back to work, you should pump and store up some.

Chellie 3 kids; Vegas, Nv, United States 4816 posts
26th Nov '12

They will not give you formula until the 2nd month because they want you to breastfeed only. After that if you say you are giving formula, you will get less food for you and once baby is 6 months then baby will get less than one who is breastfed. That is if you are doing formula and nursing.



If you say you are going to formula only then you stop getting food at 6 months pp and baby doesn't get the same amount as a baby who was breastfed even partially.



Your WIC office should have a poster or something that shows the differences in what you get when you say you are breastfeeding or nursing or both.



For my office since I am breastfeeding they gave me a baby blanket, nursing bra, nursing pads and a bib for baby. They also have pump rentals for moms that work (just have to show proof).



You will have WIC appointments every 2 months or so, so that you can get your checks and if something changes, that is when you let them know.

hersupermommy 1 child; Alabama 154 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting martinez♥:" Once your daughter is born you will need to call to make a certification appointment. Bring all the documentation ... [snip!] ... with a FF package they will NOT supply you with all the formula you will need for your baby. You will still have to buy some."


Thank you. I knew what they supplied wasn't enough, but it's definitely a help. Would it be safer to just go with the FF and not use the formula check unless I need it? Also, since they have to do all that, I might as well wait until she's here, right?

Mom2B&H 2 kids; Tennessee 2787 posts
26th Nov '12

When you're breastfeeding you get milk, eggs, cheese, fish, and something else i cant remember. If your supply gets low and you want to switch, just call and ask to talk to someone over WIC and they will make you an appt for the next day or so. When i "supplemented" i got partial WIC for me and like 4 cans of formula.



Of course this is just what they do in my area, could be different there

Chellie 3 kids; Vegas, Nv, United States 4816 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting ℓauren:" What if something happens before an appointment and I can't breastfeed? Can they issue an extra check for formula or would I have to wait?"


You would have to wait until your appointment. Keep in mind that it will not be all the formula your baby needs so you would still have to buy formula.

Drunk Blair Waldorf 2 kids; Alpharetta, Georgia 19214 posts
26th Nov '12

You go to an appointment at the WIC office every few months. They give you checks for the next few months until your next appointment. When I went on WIC this time, I was breast feeding. I told them I was mostly breast feeding so they gave me checks for milk, cheese, bread, eggs, cereal, fruit/veggies, etc.. And a check for 4 cans of formula a month just in case I needed to supplement. When my supply quit at 6 months because of daycare, they upped it to 7 cans a month and cut off MY food checks and gave her 18 double packs of fruit/veggie baby food and 3 8-oz boxes of cereal per month.

SniperWolfMandy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Carroll, IA, United States 322 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting ℓauren:" What if something happens before an appointment and I can't breastfeed? Can they issue an extra check for formula or would I have to wait?"

As far as I know WIC is all for breastfeeding. I signed up for it a month ago and they asked me what I wanted to do after the baby was born. I told them I was planning on breastfeeding at first so they gave me information and told me about some breastfeeding classes.

martinez♥ Due February 13; 2 kids; Fort Myers, Florida 2596 posts
26th Nov '12

They will give you formula the first month if you ask for it from the get go. They will NOT give you formula until the second month if you go in and say you are breastfeeding unless you have a medical reason for switching (and this needs to be accompanied by documentation).

I can post a link to the food package options for WIC if you want to see.

You get an appointment every SIX months unless you are considered at risk for whatever reason.

I used to work for WIC.

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting martinez♥:" They will give you formula the first month if you ask for it from the get go. They will NOT give you ... [snip!] ... You get an appointment every SIX months unless you are considered at risk for whatever reason. I used to work for WIC."

That must vary by state, because I had to go in every couple months (as do all other moms I've known on WIC) and I wasn't at risk or anything.

March 2013 3 kids; Illinois 988 posts
26th Nov '12

Wic can only issue checks on the appointment dates. Nothing after or before. I do both breast feeding and formula because I for some reason don't produce enough. If you tell them you are doing just breast feeding they you yourself will get vouchers for milk, juice, beans, bread, eggs, cereal to keep you going that way it keeps your baby going. If your doing both then you get half the formula of what a mother would if she is doing full formula baby.

SniperWolfMandy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Carroll, IA, United States 322 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting martinez♥:" They will give you formula the first month if you ask for it from the get go. They will NOT give you ... [snip!] ... You get an appointment every SIX months unless you are considered at risk for whatever reason. I used to work for WIC."


In Iowa it's every 3 months.