Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
Breastfeeding Education & Support
WIC can provide trained specialists to assist mothers with breastfeeding education and counseling. WIC strongly encourages breastfeeding and can assist families with hands-on support, loaning, or purchasing a breast pump, or referrals for in-home support.
Benefits for nutritious foods are provided to supplement and enhance the diet. Women and children can receive milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, juice, cereal, whole grains, dry or canned beans or peanut butter and fruits and vegetables including fresh, canned and frozen varieties. Full-time breastfeeding women also receive chunk light tuna, mackerel, sardines, or pink salmon. WIC encourages women to breastfeed because of the many benefits for both baby and mother. Non-breastfed and part-time breastfed infants receive iron-fortified infant formula. All infants receive infant cereal and infant fruits and vegetables at six months of age. Benefits can be redeemed for food at stores throughout Michigan which are approved to accept WIC.
Nutrition education is offered to all WIC participants and their caregivers. Common topics include nutrition during pregnancy, encouragement for breastfeeding, nutrition during childhood, and feeding infants.
An added benefit of the WIC Program is screening for other health problems and referrals to other appropriate health and social services. These referrals may be for Medicaid, food stamps, immunizations, child health screening, family planning, breastfeeding support and more.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who have recently had a baby, infants from birth to 12 months, and children from 1 to 5 years who are also:
- Residents of the state of Michigan.
- Income eligible (at or below 185% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines or on Medicaid or food stamps).
- Determined by clinic staff in local agencies to be at nutritional and/or health risk.
Location of Services
- Benton Harbor - Phone: 269-927-5646
- Niles - Phone: 269-684-2800, ext. 6511
- Three Oaks - closed (virtual appointments at this location only)
Please call 269-927-5646 to schedule your WIC appointments at any location. Evening appointments are available on Tuesdays of the month in Benton Harbor and Wednesdays in Niles.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
File a Complaint
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), (AD-3027) found on the USDA website and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by one of the following methods:
U.S Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
- Fax: 202-690-7442
- Email USDA
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.