A program that provides food and nutrition services to almost 150-thousand Missouri women, infants and children is using food to promote breastfeeding.
The people who run the WIC program–women, infants, and children program—say they’re making the biggest changes in the program in thirty years. The program is increasing fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods–among other things–and reducing fattier foods such as whole milk, eggs, juice and cheese in its menu.
Nutrition Coordinator Phyllis Fuller says breastfeeding women will get additional food.
She says breastfeeding mothers are eligible for additional food through the WIC program. She says that’s being done to make sure the mother stays as healthy as possible so she can give as much nutritional benefit to her baby as possible.
Fuller says the focus is on giving people just getting started in life the best nutrition possible.
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