National WIC Association

Food package assignments and breastfeeding initiation before and after a change in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

Wilde P, et al. Food package assignments and breastfeeding initiation before and after a change in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Am J Clin Nutr. Sep 2012;96(3):560-566.

The purpose of this study was to measure changes in WIC food package assignments, WIC infant formula amounts, and breastfeeding initiation after the implementation of the revised WIC food packages. Results revealed that the percentage of mothers who received the partial breastfeeding package fell from 24.7% to 13.8%; the percentage of mothers who received the full breastfeeding package rose from 9.8% to 17.1%; and the percentage of mothers who received the full formula package rose from 20.5% to 28.5%.