Because we donate breast pumps to moms, we do encounter some wonderful mothers that find themselves needing to use the services of WIC. I have never had to deal with the program myself, however, knowing that they do service many moms and babies, I have recommended that some moms look into their services.
I was unaware of how the program worked, but assumed that considering the need, then there were be a federal program or more of a unified program. Yet, looking at this article from KCUR.org, it appears that each WIC does it own little thing.
Reading the article, I was upset with the wording that they used, hopefully it is the wording that I am worried about. The article states that they are going to do a much greater encouragement of breastfeeding among the mothers. Yet, the mother’s who do breastfeed will get an “enhanced” food package, which will include more fruits and vegetables.
I am certainly one to encourage moms to breastfeed as long as they can. However, should we not allow a mother to receive healthy foods because she does not or cannot breastfeed? It seems that they could find a different way to encourage moms to breastfeed than holding back healthy foods from those who do not. Don’t we all need to eat healthier, or have the opportunity to, rather than it be using as give and take?