What are the health benefits of WIC?

Health Benefits of WIC

Studies show that WIC plays an important role in improving birth outcomes and containing health care costs. WIC has a positive impact on children's diets. WIC improves infant-feeding practices by actively promoting breastfeeding as the best method of feeding infants. WIC clients have improved rates of childhood immunizations and a regular source of health care.

Specific benefits of WIC include the following:

Pregnant women on WIC:

  • Consume more of the nutrients essential for optimal growth and development, such as iron, protein, calcium and vitamins A, C and D.
  • Get into prenatal care earlier in pregnancy.
  • Have fewer premature babies.
  • Have fewer low and very low birth-weight babies.
  • Experience fewer fetal and infant deaths.

Children on WIC:

  • Consume more of the nutrients essential for optimal growth and development, such as iron, protein, calcium and vitamins A, C and D.
  • Are more likely to have normal childhood growth.
  • Have less childhood anemia.
  • Have better immunization rates.
  • Have better access to pediatric health care.
  • Have increased vocabulary and memory scores.