Serving Genesee, Monroe, and Orleans counties, Oak Orchard Health sponsors the WIC Program for income-eligible Women, Infants and Children up to age 5. Our mission is to partner with families to provide breastfeeding support, including a breast pump loaning program, healthy lifestyle promotion, nutrition counseling, nutritious foods, farmer’s market checks and referrals to other helpful programs. Our nutrition staff consists of Registered Dietitians and Certified Nutritionists. Breastfeeding support and counseling is provided by Certified Lactation Counselors and trained Breastfeeding Peer Counselors. Our staff is committed to a patient-centered atmosphere focusing on their needs and concerns.
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If you think you may qualify for WIC services and want to get started with the application process please call our office at (585)344-2203 or fill out an application by clicking the link below. A WIC staff member will reach out to you as soon as possible. In the event that you call and reach our voicemail, please leave a message and staff will return your call at their earliest convenience. We look forward to telling you about all that WIC has to offer for you and your family! Please share with friends and family that you feel would benefit from our program as well.Apply for WIC
Due to COVID-19 all WIC appointments are being conducted remotely over the phone for you and your family’s safety. Please contact our offices at (585)344-2203 for more information.
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Breastfeeding is the best food for your baby! It is your legal right to breastfeed anywhere you are allowed to be. Breastfeeding is so important because it helps keep your baby healthy. It supplies all the necessary nutrients in the proper proportions and protects against allergies, sickness, obesity, and diseases like diabetes and cancer. Breast milk also protects against things like ear infections and every mom knows just how painful those can be for your child. Breast milk is also easily digested by your baby which means less fussiness!
A really cool thing about your breast milk is it changes to meet your baby’s needs. The amount changes according to the time of day, nursing frequency, and age of the baby. All the guess work is done for you when you breastfeed.
Breastmilk is like on demand television – it’s always ready! It is available whenever and wherever your baby is hungry and it’s always warm! You don’t have to worry about keeping bottles clean or dealing with the waste.
Breastfeeding is also great for you! Breastfeeding reduces the risk of diabetes and certain cancers.
It also helps many moms return to their pre-pregnancy weight. And of course, breastfeeding strengthens the bond between mommy and child.
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WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors
When you’re pregnant or a new mom, it helps to talk to other moms who know what you’re going through. That’s the idea behind WIC peer counselors. They’re moms in your community who breastfed their own babies. They will give information and support to moms like you.
WHAT A WIC PEER COUNSELOR DOES
WIC peer counselors give basic breastfeeding information and support like this to other moms:
- Tips for how to breastfeed comfortably, even in public.
- Ways you can stay close to your baby through breastfeeding after you return to work or school.
- Ideas for getting support from your family and friends.
- Ways to get a good start with breastfeeding.
- Tips for making plenty of breast milk for your baby.
- Help with breastfeeding concerns.
WIC peer counselors can also refer moms to a WIC Designated Breastfeeding Expert for complex breastfeeding challenges.
Meet Our Peer Counselors
Julie breastfed all three of her children and had unique experiences with each, giving her a wealth of knowledge on the subject. She is passionate about breastfeeding and helping moms reach their goals and overcome the hurdles involved as best as she can.
Karoline is a mother of four with over six years of personal breastfeeding experience. She has overcome a wide range of breastfeeding issues and gained a plethora of knowledge in the process. This has equipped her with the skills to be able to not only achieve her personal breastfeeding goals, but help others in their journeys as well.
Brandi is a mother of two little girls who has overcome many challenges breastfeeding both of them. She enjoys sharing and helping other moms on their unique breastfeeding journeys.
Sherrity breastfed her five children with each experience being unique. She has helped many women throughout their breastfeeding journeys and hopes to continue to help and support other women be successful in their breastfeeding goals!
WIC provides foods high in nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C, and protein. These are important for mothers and young children. WIC’s goal is to ensure the health of participants and families by providing healthy foods and supporting breastfeeding. The monthly WIC Food Package provides participants with the items below. These food packages can be tailored to meet your needs. They may also include some food items that are organic, lactose free, and kosher. Modified food packages are available for participants with medical documentation from their health care provider. For additional WIC food package information please contact our WIC offices at (585)344-2203.
Women and Children will receive:
- Low fat (1%) or nonfat (skim) milk for women and children two years of age or older
- Whole milk and whole milk yogurt option for children one to two years of age
- Low fat cheese, plain yogurt, evaporated milk, evaporated goat’s milk, or dry milk as milk substitutions
- Soy beverage and tofu as milk alternatives
- Dry beans, canned beans or peanut butter options
- Whole wheat bread or other whole grain options (whole wheat tortillas, brown rice, whole wheat pasta) for children and some women
- Cash value voucher for fresh, frozen or canned vegetables and fruits
- Women receive $10.00-$15.00 voucher depending on breastfeeding status
- Children receive $8.00 voucher
- Whole grain cereals
- 100% unsweetened fruit juice
- Canned fish for fully breastfeeding women
- Jarred baby vegetables and fruits for infants six months up through less than twelve months of age
- Jarred baby meats for fully breastfed infants six months up through less than twelve months of age
- Infant cereal for infants six months up through less than twelve months of age
- Cash value voucher option for fresh vegetables and fruits for infants nine months up through less than twelve months of age
- Infant formula based upon the mother’s breastfeeding assessment and infant’s breastfeeding status
Heading to the doctor? Have your doctor or your child’s doctor complete these forms and bring to your upcoming WIC appointment. These forms can help speed up the WIC application process. Click on the options below to open or download the form you need.
What Do I Need to Bring to My WIC Appointment?
Please note Authorized Representative, Caretaker, or Proxy needs to bring ID to each WIC appointment. Please call our offices at (585)344-2203 with any questions on what is needed to complete your WIC appointment.What to bring to your WIC appointment
Kid Friendly Recipes Using WIC Foods
Make these cute, simple recipes with your children! Children love to help and take pride in the food they help you prepare. This is a great way to also get them to want to try new foods.
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