Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

*****Important Notice****

DuPage County Health Department is aware of the baby formula shortages and is advising parents and caregivers to not make or feed homemade infant formula to infants. 

As formula shortages continue, WIC clients should continue to work with their child's health care provider for recommendations on other ways to feed their baby or toddler if their regular formula is not available.

Homemade Baby Formula is Not Safe

American Academy of Pediatrics and DCHD strongly advises against homemade formula. Although recipes for homemade formulas circulating on the internet may seem healthy or less expensive, they are not safe and do not meet your baby's nutritional needs. Infant deaths have been reported from use of some homemade formulas.

Watering Down Formula is Not Safe

Do not water down formula to stretch it out, it is not safe.  Always follow label instructions or those given to you by your pediatrician. Watering down formula is dangerous. It can cause nutritional imbalances in your baby and lead to serious health problems. Always mix formula as directed by the manufacturer.

Learn more: Important Facts About Baby Formula

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The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, community referrals and nutritious supplemental foods at no-cost to eligible pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding women, infants and children living in DuPage County.

WIC knows that good nutrition, starting with pregnancy, provides the best possible start for infants and children to grow up strong and healthy.

Services Available

  • Breastfeeding counseling and access to free breast pumps for those in need
  • Family Case Managers work with WIC to support the health of clients and their children through clinic contacts and home visits by a public health nurse
  • Free health and nutrition screenings
  • Free nutrition counseling and education
  • Referrals for medical care, shots, and other services
  • WIC food benefits offer:
    • Baby foods
    • Cheese, Yogurt, Tofu
    • Eggs
    • Fresh fruits and vegetables
      • November 2021- September 2022 WIC families will receive a monthly increase in their cash value benefit for fruits and vegetables for every eligible mom and child. 
    • Iron-fortified cereal
    • Juice
    • Legumes (dried beans and peas)
    • Milk (cow's, lactose-free, soy)
    • Peanut butter
    • Whole grain options, such as bread, brown rice, corn tortillas or oatmeal

Breastfeeding is the recommended infant feeding choice, however, infants who are not breastfed will receive iron-fortified formula.

Eligibility

  • Family income at 185 percent or less of the federal poverty level
  • Nutritional need (determined at the first WIC appointment)
  • Pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants and children under 5 years of age
  • Residents of DuPage County

Non-Discrimination Statement

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. View the full non-discrimination statement (PDF).

Declaracion Completa de no Discriminacion

Esta institucion es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades. Ver la declaracion completa de no discriminacion (PDF).

BNFT Smart Phone App

Access your EBT card food balances

Aplicación de teléfono inteligente BNFT

Aprenda a navegar por la aplicación BNFT y acceda a los saldos de alimentos de su tarjeta EBT de WIC


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