Women, infants and children (WIC)

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition education program that provides highly nutritious supplemental foods which promotes good health for pregnant and postpartum women, breastfeeding mothers, infants and children up to age five. WIC's most important goal is prevention of nutrition-related health problems. 


WIC is a nutrition education program serving pregnant women by offering nutritious food, referrals to other agencies and physicians, education on how to eat for a healthy baby and how to feed the baby after birth, be that breastfeeding or formula. For those mothers who choose to breastfeed, we can provide breastfeeding education, breast pumps and mother-to-mother counseling through the Breastfeeding Peer Helper program. 


Infants who are not breastfed are given formula, baby foods and cereal after 6 months of age. Breastfed infants also receive baby food meats. 


Children ages one to five receive an age appropriate food package that includes milk, fruit juice, peanut butter, eggs, cereal, whole grains and fruits & vegetables. Nutrition education is given at each visit. 


Applicants must meet income guidelines and have a nutrition or health risk to qualify for the WIC program. If you think you might qualify or have questions, call (419) 337-6979 or 1-800-888-4804. 


In order to serve your needs, we offer late clinics and bilingual staff. 


WIC is an equal opportunity provider.

August is breastfeeding awareness month

August is designated as Breastfeeding Awareness Month. This year’s

theme in Ohio is Breastfeeding-It’s a TEAM thing! It’s aimed to promote the support person’s role in successful breastfeeding. Research shows that the more support a mom receives, the more likely she is to give breastfeeding a try and the more likely she is to keep it going even if things get tough.

     Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to support

successful breastfeeding. Businesses need to allow moms to feel comfortable nursing in public. We

have a law in Ohio that allows moms to nurse in public. It was initiated in 2005, over ten years ago and moms are still being asked to leave establishments because they are feeding their hungry babies.

     Places of employment can encourage moms and provide private spaces other than bathrooms to

pump. It is a federal law that employers allow break time and a place for moms to pump until their child is one year of age.

    Our community has many great resources that promote and support breastfeeding. Fulton County Health Center employs two International Board Certified Lactation Consultants that offer breastfeeding classes twice a month for any mom or any family member who are interested in learning about breastfeeding. The WIC Program employs four staff members who are Certified Lactation Consultants. They begin educating moms prenatally and continue throughout the postpartum or as long as needed. We offer support to non WIC moms and facilitate a support group that meets once per month at Crossroads Church, the first Thursday of the month and is open

to the public.

    A Breastfeeding Coalition was recently formed and the support from various agencies is phenomenal! Local physician office staff, hospital OB personnel, Crisis Pregnancy Center representatives and Help Me Grow networked and learned about what we all do and how we can work as a TEAM to promote and support successful breastfeeding.

    Breastfeeding is a personal choice but communities play a vital role in a mom’s decision. It takes teamwork by family, friends, employers, business, hospitals and physicians to support a Breastfeeding Culture in the community.



Fulton County Health Department

OHIO

606 S Shoop Ave

Wauseon, OH  43567

419.337.0915

Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

1st Thursday until 6:00 pm