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WIC Food Packages

As of October 2009, Texas WIC food packages underwent a number of changes. Theses modifications consist of:

  1. Alignment with the National Dietary recommendations
    • Increase in fiber by adding
      • Fresh/frozen fruits and vegetables
      • Whole grains
    • Reduce saturated fat and cholesterol by decreasing amount of milk, eggs and cheese.
    • Delay introduction of infant cereal
    • Adding infant foods including fruits, vegetables and meats
    • Eliminate infant juice
  2. Better Promotion and Support for the establishment of long term breastfeeding.
    • Breast pumps and breastfeeding support
    • Exclusive breastfeeding women
      Increase in amount of foods received
      Addition of salmon
    • Exclusive breastfeeding infants
      Increase amount of fruits/vegetables
      Addition of infant meats
  3. Accommodate cultural food preferences
    • Tofu and soy milk
  4. Better accommodation for participants with special needs
    • Supplemental foods in addition to formula

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Staff

Clinical Assistants
Customer service representative, screens for eligibility based on income or other criteria, draws blood samples by finger puncture, performs word processing and data entry procedures and operates common office equipment.
Senior Office Assistant
Customer service representative, greet and assist the public over the telephone and provide WIC appointments. Use of personal computer to update clients appointments. Maintain daily/monthly records in accordance with specified guidelines.
Breastfeeding Peer Counselors
promotes and supports breastfeeding as the optimal way to feed a baby. Provides one-on-one counseling and conducts classes. Issues breast pumps in accordance with state/local policies and procedures and maintains daily and monthly reports.
Nutritionists
provide nutrition education counseling and literature to qualified participants or groups. Supervise center staff to ensure center operations.
Registered Dieticians
provide high risk counseling to eligible participants. Provide technical assistance to center staff and other agencies and institutions. Assist in the nutrition education program. Supervise designated staff to ensure operations are completed within standard guidelines.
Center Managers
Supervise center activities and ensure appropriate daily routines are followed based on policies and procedures. Supervise assign staff.
Lactation Consultant
provides high risk counseling to WIC participants with moderate to high risk breastfeeding complications and provides follow up when necessary. Issues specialized equipment to participants in need. Assist in the breastfeeding education program. Maintains daily and monthly reports. Provides breastfeeding updates to WIC staff.

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Latest Nutrition / Breastfeeding Topics

Breastfeeding Is Good For the Heart

Breastfeeding isn’t just good for baby; it may also boost mom’s cardiovascular health as she ages, according to a recent study done by Dr. Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, assistant professor of medicine, epidemiology, obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Health Care. The study was published in May of 2009 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. “We found that the longer women breastfeed, the lower their risk of heart attacks, strokes or heart disease,” said Dr. Schwarz.

Even though it’s well-established that breastfeeding can benefit infant health, only about 11% of American mothers breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of their babies’ lives. In addition to benefiting babies, breastfeeding can help women lose their pregnancy weight, since breastfeeding helps women burn almost 500 extra calories a day. Breastfeeding has also been shown to improve glucose tolerance and the metabolism of cholesterol, according to this study.

A previously done study noted a 23% reduction in heart attack risk in women who had breastfed for a total of two years or more, but didn’t find any long-term impact on a mother’s health when they had breastfed for shorter time periods.

One goal of Dr. Schwarz’ study was to assess whether or not breastfeeding could make a difference in cardiovascular health years later. Schwarz and her colleagues used data from the Women’s Health Initiative that included 140,000 postmenopausal women with an average age of 63.

The women provided information on their diets as well as their breastfeeding history. Researchers also collected information on body mass index (BMI, a ration of weight to height) and the women’s medical histories. All of the participants sent in an annual medical review during the study. The average time in the study was just under eight years.

The study authors found that women who breastfed for one or more months were less likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, abnormal cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, but it wasn’t until after six months of total breastfeeding time that the trend toward lower heart disease risk became statistically significant, according to Schwarz.

After a year of breastfeeding, the odds of having high blood pressure dropped by 12%; the odds of diabetes decreased by 20%; the rates of abnormal cholesterol levels went down by 19%; and the overall risk of cardiovascular disease fell by 9%, compared to women who never breastfed, according to the study.

Schwarz theorizes that the reason breastfeeding may benefit women even many years later, is because breastfeeding “resets the body after pregnancy. There are certain hormonal and physiologic changes the body expects to go through after pregnancy and when those changes don't happen, that leaves certain body systems in a precarious way.”

Dr. Nieca Goldberg, the other researcher conducting this study and director of the New York University Langone Medical Center Women’s Heart Program, said many factors could be at play. “Breastfeeding really mobilizes fat stores and has an impact on cholesterol. It also increases levels of the [the hormone] oxytocin, which can relax blood vessels.”

However, she cautioned that the study only showed an association, not a cause-and-effect relationship. It could be that women who choose to breastfeed are women who are healthier in general, she noted.

But, Goldberg added, the issue still warrants further study. She said it’s important for researchers to look specifically at things women do when they’re young and how they might affect heart health.

WIC Facilities

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Helpful Numbers/Websites

Nutrition

ChooseMyPlate.gov

Breastfeeding

WIC Program
(915)771-5870
After hours (915) 667-3330 or 667-6676

Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing
(915) 545-6455

Mom's Place in Austin, Texas
1-800-514-6667 La Leche League
1-800-525-3243

WIC Vendors

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