Nutrition counseling and education are available to all adult WIC participants and parents or caretakers of child participants. Whenever possible, child participants also receive nutrition education. The goals of nutrition counseling and education are:
- To teach the relationship between proper nutrition and good health.
- To achieve a positive change in the food consumption habits related to the participant's nutrition risk.
- To promote the optimal use of WIC supplemental foods and other nutritious foods.
- To provide nutrition education within the context of the ethnic and cultural preferences of the participant. Consideration will be given to the participant's language, educational background,and environmental limitations.
WIC does not provide routine health care but serves as an adjunct to the health care system. WIC enjoys a reciprocal relationship with the health care community, receiving referrals from private and public health care providers and providing referrals as needed for health and social services, including immunizations and substance abuse counseling and treatment.
Persons who are already receiving medical services are encouraged to remain under their physicians' care while they receive WIC benefits. Individuals who are not receiving medical care are encouraged to seek and maintain appropriate care.
Breastfeeding Promotion and Support
Breastfeeding promotion and support are integral parts of the WIC program. WIC is striving to increase the incidence and duration of breastfeeding among women enrolled in the program.
All WIC agencies have trained personnel who are ready to assist mothers in making informed decisions about their infant feeding choice and in instructing them in the basics of breastfeeding. Many WIC agencies have excellent breastfeeding peer counselor support programs which provide mother-to-mother counseling. In addition, the local WIC agency may provide breastfeeding aids such as breast pumps. A special WIC food package is also available for participants who are exclusively breastfeeding their babies. This food package includes carrots and canned tuna fish as well as additional amounts of cheese, juice, and legumes (peanut butter; or dry beans or peas).
For Breastfeeding assistance, Miami Dade County WIC participants may call 786-336-1336.