Originally Posted by Fire Dancer
Hi all. I have a son who will be a year old in 2 weeks. Our nursing relationship is still going strong. The only problem is that we are a low income family because both my husband and I are blind and are unable to work at the present time. Here is the problem that I am facing. WIC only provides breast feeding support and food to make the milk optimum for only one year. That support is about to be pulled away from me once my son turns a year. Is there anyone else who thinks that WIC's policy for nursing mothers is unfair?
I think that it is mostly due to societal pressures that makes people think that breast feeding is acceptable for up to a year. I mean, even my family, my mother, twin sister, and father are asking me if i am going to wien and if i do not, I should wien him soon because he will form a dependancy on the breast milk and never want to stop drinking it.
So if anyone else who wants WIC to change their policy, please let me know so that we can perhaps petition WIC to end this horrible policy.
When I finally sucked it up and signed up for WIC, I was not only surprised that they supported BF moms as much as they do for as long as they do, I was happy that a government agency is promoting nutrition and BF as much as they are, especially considering that a lot of the people I know who have been on WIC in the past have had no idea what proper nutrition really is. I know that's not necessarily the case anymore, but I bet the message WIC has been sending about eating fruits, veggies, avoiding white stuff and BF your baby has helped educate a lot of people, simply because the food list has drastically changed for the better over the decades.
Do I wish some of the policies were different? Sure. But I'm happy to simply use the coupons for the most nutritious foods on the list and keep on rolling. I think it's a blessing that they even HAVE nutritious foods on the list.
Personally, my goal is to not need WIC after the baby is here and I'm able to start working again, and I sure as heck hope that happens well before a year, but I'm glad I have at least a year to adjust. I'd be very nervous in your situation though, because it doesn't sound like you're able to supplement your income right now. I hope we can all find some way to encourage the WIC program to continue to grow and move in the right direction, but in the meanwhile, will you be ok? Will you be able to keep meeting your family's nutritious needs?
I know from volunteering that churches are great places to get free, very nutritious food, perhaps enough to replace whatever you may be losing from WIC. There was one church where I volunteered where we gave away beans, rice, organic breads, canned fish, and a ton of fruits and veggies. Everyone just showed up with a big bag, and we filled it up with whatever was on tap that week. The WIC / FS programs might be able to point you in the right direction. They gave me a whole (long!) list where I can find nutritious, free food throughout the community.
They may also be able to help you find another source of financial assistance. There have to be programs out there that can help you. I can't imagine that WIC is going to change their policies within the next 2 weeks...