WIC and Breastfeeding


Call the Knox County Health Department at 309-344-0319  or 309-344-2224 to set up a WIC appointment.

What is WIC?

WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children (WIC), including pregnant women, breastfeeding women, non-breastfeeding postpartum women, infants, and toddlers and children up to age 5.  The USDA states, "The WIC program aims to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants and children up to age 5, who are at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, and information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care".

WIC provides:

  • eWIC card to buy healthy foods
  • Education about nutrition and health
  • Education about breastfeeding
WIC family
Refer to the income guidelines to see if you qualify or use the USDA WIC Prescreening Tool. If you are not sure, call the Knox County Health Department for assistance.

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market connects WIC participants or households to fresh, nutritious, locally grown foods.  A WIC participant or household is eligible for the vouchers, who is a pregnant woman, breastfeeding woman, postpartum woman, infants 6 months and older, and children up to 5 years old.  Vouchers are passed to participants or households from July through October each year.

Breastfeeding

Benefits of Breastfeeding:

Women breastfeeding her baby
  • Research suggests may lower your baby's risk of ear infections, asthma, lower respiratory infections, diarrhea and vomiting, childhood obesity, eczema, type 2 diabetes, childhood leukemia or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Help mom recover more quickly from childbirth, reduce risk for high blood pressure, certain breast and ovarian cancer, and type 2 diabetes
  • Bonding with your baby helps the baby feel safe, warm, secure and loved
  Breastfeeding Resources:

Nondiscrimination /Civil Rights Statement for WIC