Exclusively breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for you and your baby.
Because exclusively breastfed babies do not get any formula, WIC gives both you and your baby more food. You will also receive breastfeeding support throughout your baby's first year. We encourage you to choose this food package for at least the first month to build and protect your milk supply. For more information view the exclusively breastfeeding (PDF) document.
Mostly Breastfeeding - Mom & Baby
If exclusively breastfeeding is not an option for you, the next best choice is to combine breastfeeding with a small amount of formula.
Every ounce of your breastmilk counts when it comes to your baby's health and your health as well. Use formula only when you and your baby are not together or when you cannot provide your pumped milk. The more formula you use, the less your baby nurses and the less breastmilk your body makes. As a WIC mom, you will also receive breastfeeding support throughout your baby's first year. For more information view the mostly breastfeeding (PDF) document.
Limited Breastfeeding & Formula Feeding – Mom & Baby
If mostly breastfeeding is not an option for you, you can choose to feed your baby only or mostly formula with some breastfeeding. This is the least recommended choice for the well-being of your baby and yourself.
WIC may not provide enough formula to meet the nutritional needs of your baby so you should breastfeed any time you and your baby are together to avoid having to purchase additional formula. If you choose this package, your baby will receive food for his or her first year. You will receive food for yourself only during the first six months. For more information view the limited breastfeeding (PDF) document.