WIC is a federally funded nutrition program for women, infants and children. The Idaho WIC program knows that your family’s health is important. Our goal is to help you and your family thrive by promoting healthy lifestyle choices. WIC benefits are for pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to their 5th birthday.
WIC helps families by providing:
- WIC cards to buy healthy supplemental foods from local grocery stores (authorized Idaho WIC vendors)
- Nutrition education
- Help finding healthcare and other community services
- Breastfeeding information and support
Authorized foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, cereal, milk, eggs, juice, peanut butter, cheese, beans, and baby food.
Idaho WIC provides services to help Idaho remain one of the top breastfeeding states in the nation.
Peer counseling: Peer counselors help cheer on and support pregnant and postpartum women as they choose how to feed their babies. Peer Counselors have experience breastfeeding their own children and understand the questions and joys that come with breastfeeding.
Professional breastfeeding support: WIC provides free clinic and phone consultations with trained breastfeeding professionals including international board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLC’s), certified lactation counselors/educators, and registered dietitians.
Supplemental foods for breastfeeding women: Breastfeeding women receive the deluxe WIC food package with additional food and variety.
Breastfeeding equipment: When needed, WIC will supply breast pumps and other equipment to help women provide breast milk for their babies.