WIC

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I just wanted to vent a little about the change in WIC here in Florida. I just went this morning for my recertification appointment and found out that as of October this year, we will no longer be allowed to get any other milk than 1% or skim. When I was pregnant, my doctor had me go to 2% because I was having gall bladder issues. I didn't care for it at first but I got used to it. Apparently, there's just as much fat in 2% as there is in whole. So WIC is soon only going to allow us to get 1% or skim (YUCK) and I think that sucks big time. I think they should just inform us of the different fat contents and let US as parents decide. I understand that fat intake in children is an issue but we eat a pretty healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and fresh veggies and very little meat other than white meat, fish and occasionally steak. To me, drinking 1% milk is like drinking 1% juice. Why would I want to do that? I cook with real butter, real sugar, whole eggs and whole milk....everything in moderation....and we're all healthy. Thanks for listening to me ramble...lol I needed to vent.

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Quoting Kristen:



umm, I live in Canada and Im not sure what WIC is but here your not allowed to give your kids anything less than homo until they are like 5 or so, because they say fat intake is whats best for kids, because of their developing brains.






WIC (Women Infants & Children) is a food supplement program.  They provide milk, cheese, eggs, beans, cereal, juice, etc.  The older the child, the more different the options.  At two years old, they start giving peanut butter, tuna and some other things...I don't know yet, my son's only 18 months.  Here in the states it's whole milk until 2 years old and then they say it's ok to give less than whole.  I was always told the fat content in whole milk was ok for young children because they burn so much energy that they NEED the extra fat.  Ultimately, when he's two, I may stop getting the milk and just start buying it on my own. 

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umm, I live in Canada and Im not sure what WIC is but here your not allowed to give your kids anything less than homo until they are like 5 or so, because they say fat intake is whats best for kids, because of their developing brains.

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Quoting Emily:



Ughh. I used to work for WIC and I could fill a page with the qualms I have about the program including that they are supposed to provide healthy food and they just plain don't! If they would just call it a way to subsidize the dairy industry instead of a "nutrition program" it would be a lot more honest. Milk doesn' t cost that much I'd just buy it on my own personally.






We do end up having to buy milk about halfway through the month.  I go through about 2 gallons a week for myself, my husband and our son.  I don't know what the prices look like where you live but I'd spend a LOT more on milk if I had to buy it all myself.  It's about $4.50 a gallon here.  I do appreciate the help I get from WIC, don't get me wrong.  I'm very grateful.  I just think that making us go down to 1% or skim is just plain stupid.  I do agree that more healthy options should be offered.  I think the healthiest thing I get from WIC is the dry beans and the eggs.

Jean - posted on 04/13/2009

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I asked at my WIC recertification if I would be able to get my son soy milk, or any substitute for "dairy" because he is allergic. I was told that no, I have to buy the dairy milk, which my son cannot drink, or eat. She asked me if I would like to just be taken off of the program due to my sons allergies - that's a huge help! I stayed on because I get milk for my mother in law who then buys the soy milk for my son.

Emily - posted on 04/13/2009

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Ughh. I used to work for WIC and I could fill a page with the qualms I have about the program including that they are supposed to provide healthy food and they just plain don't! If they would just call it a way to subsidize the dairy industry instead of a "nutrition program" it would be a lot more honest. Milk doesn' t cost that much I'd just buy it on my own personally.

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