About the Cecil County WIC Program
WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy foods and nutrition counseling to eligible pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in the administration of any of its programs.
If you are eligible, WIC provides healthy foods such as:
- Infant Formula
- 100% Fruit and Vegetable Juice
- Peanut Butter
- Dried Beans and Peas
It’s Much More Than Free Food
The WIC staff is a caring team of people who can show you how to:
- Improve your family’s health through better nutrition.
- Have a healthier pregnancy.
- Feed your baby better.
- Breastfeed successfully.
- Help your children eat healthier.
- Obtain other health and social services.
- Use your WIC checks to buy nutritious foods.
We offer individual counseling, small classes and group discussions and pamphlets to help you learn all about good nutrition. WIC staff will work with you to develop healthy eating habits
How Do I Know if I Am Eligible for WIC?
If I am employed am I eligible for WIC?
Yes…you can be employed and receive WIC benefits. You are eligible if you meet all of the following criteria:
- Live in Cecil County
- Are pregnant, a new mother, an infant or child under 5 years of age
- Have a nutrition need
- Have a household gross (before taxes and deductions) income that is less than or equal to the income guidelines below, or you receive Food Stamps, Medical Assistance, TCA (Temporary Cash Assistance) or participate in MCHP (Maryland Children’s Health Program).
For Income Guidelines based on Total Gross Income click here.
WIC Pre-screening Tool
The WIC Pre-screening Tool is now accessible to all internet users via the “Am I Eligible?” links on the WIC homepage. The Tool is currently available in English, Spanish and Chinese (traditional). More languages are expected to be added in the near future.
Good Family Nutrition Starts with a Call
How to apply or get more information:
- Call the WIC office at 410-996-5255 to make an appointment.
- Daytime and evening appointments are available.
- We will be happy to answer any other questions you may have about the WIC Program. Just call us!
- For other WIC Programs in Maryland call the Maryland WIC Hotline 1-800-242-4WIC.
Breastfeeding Information and Support
Cecil County WIC Program provides help and support to breastfeeding women in the form of:
- Counselors to educate and support new mothers.
- Support Groups for mothers.
- Breast pumps for mothers returning to work or school
Breastfeeding Steps for Success
- Make sure you are in a comfortable position when you nurse your baby. Be sure to bring your baby to the breast rather than your breast to the baby. Relax and sit back once your baby has latched on.
- During the first few days, the length of each feeding may vary and this is okay. Be sure to nurse at least 8 times in 24 hours.
- During the first 2-3 weeks avoid giving your baby bottles and pacifiers. Your baby is just learning how to nurse. Rubber nipples can confuse the baby in the way he sucks.
- By the end of the first week, breast fed babies should have at least 6-8 wet diapers in 24 hours. Some have bowel movements after every nursing while others may go twice a day. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about this.
- If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding, call a breastfeeding counselor. Please ask for help if something does not seem right. We are looking forward to speaking with you.
Breastfeeding Support in Cecil County
- Cecil County WIC Program — 410-996-5255
- Breastfeeding Coordinator — Jessica Rosenberger, RD, LD
- Breastfeeding Coordinator — Mary Jane Bush
- Breastfeeding Coordinator — Raquel Myers
- Union Hospital of Cecil County
- Breastfeeding/Lactation services line-410-620-3773
- Breastfeeding support group-Tuesdays-call 410-620-3773 or go to www.uhcc.com for times
- Prenatal Breastfeeding class-Dates and times vary-call 410-392-7000 to register
- Upper Chesapeake Health Breastfeeding Warm Line — 443-643-2948
More Nutrition Information
For good things to know about nutrition in pregnancy, breastfeeding, infants and children go to the U.S. Government website or go to the Maryland WIC website.
Other Related Health Department Services
Health Insurance for Pregnant Women, Infants and Children
Other WIC and Nutrition-Related Resources
HAVE A HAPPY, HEALTHY FAMILY WITH THE HELP OF WIC!