Breastfeeding & Food Packages
Make an Appointment
For more information or to make an appointment to see if you qualify for the WIC program, call 309-679-6076 or email WIC Classes.
WIC Encourages Breastfeeding
WIC supports breastfeeding. The nutritional and health advantages of breastfeeding are taught and encouraged in WIC nutrition education. Participants also learn about the convenience and bonding advantages of breastfeeding their infants. Breastfeeding mothers receive larger food packages to support the higher nutritional needs of breastfeeding. WIC has a dedicated Breastfeeding Peer Counselor on staff to help educate and support women from the start of pregnancy, through the start of breastfeeding, and on to successful breastfeeding.
Have a breastfeeding question or need support? Call our Breastfeeding Peer Counselor at 309-679-6187 or email WIC Classes.
WIC Food Packages
Supplemental food packages may include some following foods (listed by category):
- Iron Fortified Formula
- Infant Cereal
- and/or Infant Fruits and Vegetables
Women (Pregnant, Postpartum, or Breastfeeding) & Children
- 100% Juice
- Brown Rice
- Corn Tortillas
- Dried Beans
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Peanut Butter
- and/or Whole Wheat Bread
Follow Safety Guidelines for Preparing Feeding Formula
Commercial powdered infant formulas are not sterile. Caregivers should follow precautions to reduce the risk of infection in infants:
- Wash hands, forearms and fingernails thoroughly before handling any feeding materials or preparing formula.
- All bottles, nipples, caps and rings should be washed in hot, soapy water with thorough rinsing.
- Before use, powdered formula should be kept dry in an airtight container with a firm cap or lid and stored in a cool, dark area. Make sure the expiration date has not passed.
- During formula preparation, bring water to a bubbling boil for two minutes and allow the water to cool before mixing.
- Do not use a microwave oven to warm the formula.
- Formula should be prepared in small amounts immediately before feeding time to minimize the need for storing reconstituted formula.
- Reconstituted formula should not be stored at room temperature for more than one hour or more than four hours in the refrigerator after preparation.
- Throw out any formula left in a bottle after feeding.
Additional information on best practices in preparing infant formula can be found from the Illinois Department of Human Services at Preparation Checklist for Infant Formula (PDF).
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Filing a Complaint
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form online, or at any USDA office, or call 866-632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at:
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director
Office of Adjudication
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Email Program Intake.
Hearing & Speech Impairments
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339; or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).