Nevada County Public Health WIC Program
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a health and nutrition program for babies and children under 5, pregnant women, and new mothers. WIC is an equal opportunity program. Dads, grandparents, caregivers, migrants, and foster parents of young children may apply!
- Practical nutrition information and everyday healthy living tips for you and your family. Visit the Feeding My Family page.
- Nutrition experts who specialize in nutrition for mothers and their children
- Support and information about breastfeeding your baby, including access to breastfeeding experts. Visit the Feeding My Baby page.
- Help in finding health care and other valuable community services
- Benefits to buy healthy foods - such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, milk, eggs, bread, cereal, juice, peanut butter, soy milk, tofu and more!
WIC services are available by phone, video chat, and at two locations, Brighton Greens Family Resource Center, and the Joseph Smith Government Center.
Call for an appointment today 530-265-1454.
You may be eligible for WIC if you:
Proof of California residency is required.
Nevada County WIC promotes breastfeeding as the normal way to feed infants up to age one year and beyond. WIC provides breastfeeding education and support in a variety of ways.
Breastfeeding Peer Counselors are mothers who have experience breastfeeding their own babies, and have received training to share current breastfeeding information with you, and provide you with individualized support.
Lactation Consultants are breastfeeding experts who provide one on one support and instruction for complex breastfeeding issues.
Prenatal WIC Classes, such as Understanding Breastfeeding and Getting to Know Your New Baby: Sleep, Cues, & Comforts, provide detailed information and guidance for breastfeeding and understanding your baby's behavior. Prenatal WIC education is also available online through wichealth.org.
Breast Pumps are available for mothers who are separated from their babies or choose to pump and feed separately.
When Should I Call For Help With Breastfeeding?
Contact WIC at (530) 265-1454 if you:
- Have breast or nipple pain, or your breasts are engorged
- Are concerned about your milk supply
- Are using a nipple shield, or have flat or inverted nipples
- Need to take medications
- Need to pump your breast milk
Or if your baby:
- Is premature or "late preterm"
- Is not feeding at least 8 times in 24 hours
- Is not gaining enough weight, or has not returned to birth weight by day 10
- Is having difficulty latching
- Is jaundiced
- Cries a lot or feeds "all of the time"