Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the WIC program?
A: WIC is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Prenatal, Postpartum, Women, Infants and Children to age five who have been determined a “Nutritional Risk”. Our Program offers Health Referrals, Nutrition Education Participant Centered Counseling and Breastfeeding Counseling and supportive services for families that qualify through our collaborative partnerships throughout Southern Nevada.
Q: What is “Nutritional Risk?”
A: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Nutrition Service (FNS) classify “Nutrition Risk” in two major types of that are recognized for WIC eligibility:
Medically based risks (designated as “high priority”) such as anemia, underweight, maternal age, history of pregnancy complications, or poor pregnancy outcomes.
Diet-based risks such as inadequate dietary pattern.
Nutritional risk is determined by a health professional such as a physician, nutritionist, or nurse, and is based on Federal guidelines. This health screening is offered at no charge to program applicants. Call today to see if you qualify.
Q: How do I qualify for WIC?
A: WIC is not a welfare program. It is a highly successful Nutrition Education and Supplemental Food program based on Nutritional Risk, household size and income. It is our recommendation to call and determine eligibility once proof of pregnancy is confirmed.
Our Program Eligibility Specialist are standing by to provide you with this invaluable assistance to start your journey today. Please call our office to determine program eligibility and pre-screening over the phone.
Q: Do I require an appointment to be seen?
A: NO! We joyfully welcome walk -in families that are seeking our assistance. No appointment is necessary! As a convenience to our families, we offer same day service for you and your children collectively. However, we encourage you to call in advance to allow our Program Eligibility Specialist to determine eligibility requirements.
Q: How long can I receive WIC for?
A: If you are Breastfeeding your infant, you can receive benefits for up to one year after your baby is born. Non-Breastfeeding mothers can receive benefits for the first six months after delivery of your child. Children can remain on the program until age five.
Q: How do I increase my milk supply if I’m Breastfeeding?
A: Great question! The #1 concern for new mothers is “will I make enough milk for my baby?” We can’t see through our breast, so how else am I supposed to know my baby is getting enough milk? Milk supply is generated by the consistent times you frequently remove milk from the breast.
Think of it like this; The more milk you remove from the breast, the more milk your body is told to make it. (some underlying health conditions may play a factor in low milk production; please consult your physician). It is recommended that mothers remove milk from their breast a minimum of 8-12 times in 24 hours every day.
If you have further questions, please feel free to call and chat with our lactation specialists on staff. We are delighted to assist you with any of your concerns.
Q: Are breast pumps available to assist me on my journey?
A: Yes, we provide different breast pumps based on your consultation with our
lactation consultants. Certain qualification is then considered to determine the best type of breast pump to be provided.
After our consolation, we will ensure you are provided the right tools which are focused on obtaining the best results for you and your child. Feel free to drop by or call for additional information.
Q: Does our Agency have a lactation consultant?
A: Yes, we have a Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) and an Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, (IBCLC) on staff to assist you with any concern you may have. We urge you to call and speak with them today.
Q: How long do I have to breastfeed my baby?
A: Breastfeeding is a special bonding time for families to enjoy if they feel. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends mothers exclusively breastfeed 6 months to 1 year of your baby’s first year of life.
Mother’s milk is an essential factor for immune protection and brain growth. Every day you choose to breastfeed benefits you and your family.
Q: Can I still breastfeed if I catch a cold/flu?
A: Great question! By the time you’ve realized you have become ill, your body’s immune system has already begun producing antibodies to aid in your protection. We need to pass those antibodies to our infants to ensure their immune system is equipped with that fighting power as well. So yes, please continue to breastfeed.
A helpful tip: Wash hands well before handling your little one and wear a face mask so you’re not breathing directly into your infant’s face.
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