WIC Can Improve Health
Minnesota WIC Program
Studies show that pregnant women using WIC services:
- Eat more of the foods that provide key nutrients (like vitamin A, vitamin C and iron) needed for babies to grow and develop well.
- See doctors earlier during their pregnancies.
- Have more babies delivered full term.
- Have more babies born at a healthy weight.
Studies show that for infants whose mothers used WIC services during their pregnancy:
- Infant mortality is reduced and more babies are born without significant health problems.
- Breastfeeding help and support or formula with iron for babies who are not being breastfed.
- Information about starting solid foods at the right time and in the right way.
- Support for weaning from the bottle at the right age to protect your baby's teeth.
- Parenting support.
Studies show that children on WIC:
- Eat more of the foods that provide key nutrients (like vitamin A, vitamin C and iron).
- Are more likely to grow and develop well during childhood.
- Have better blood iron levels (less iron-deficiency anemia).
- Are more likely to see a doctor regularly for check-ups and to get their shots on time.
- Are better with words and have a better memory for numbers.
Studies also show that:
- $1.77 to $3.13 is saved in Medicaid costs for every $1.00 the WIC program spends serving pregnant women.
- Pregnant women using WIC services have fewer babies that weigh too little (less than 5 and 1/2 pounds) when born. It costs an extra $30,000 to $70,000 to help a small baby grow to a normal weight.
- More information: About WIC - How WIC Helps (USDA FNS website)