National WIC Association

Unintended consequences of the WIC formula rebate program on infant-feeding outcomes: will the new food packages be enough?

Jensen E, Labbok M. Unintended consequences of the WIC formula rebate program on infant-feeding outcomes: will the new food packages be enough? Breastfeed Med. Jun 2011;6:145-149.

The objective of this study was to identify the unintended consequences of the WIC formula rebate on the proportion of mothers who breastfed their babies. The results showed that the high and increasing cost of the formula might perpetuate the idea that WIC’s formula packages are of greater value than the breastfeeding packages that WIC offers.