Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
WIC is a nutrition program for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to five years old. The program offers nutrition education and information, breastfeeding support and information, and food coupons/vouchers for those who are eligible. Applicants must meet income guidelines, live in Coles County, and be identified as having a medical or nutritional risk. The program provides milk, juice, cereal, peanut butter, eggs, beans, and cheese to those who are eligible. Infant formula, juice, and cereal is provided to babies.
Ages Served: Pregnant Women, Breastfeeding Women, and Women with infants or children ages 1-5.
Eligibility Requirements: Coles County resident and must meet income guidelines
WIC walk-in for pick-up and education offered on Tuesdays, from 9:00am - 4:00pm at Mattoon Food Center (600 Moultrie, Mattoon, IL) Due to COVID-19, WIC pickup offered curbside only at Charleston location
To make an appointment, get an application, or find out more information, call:
Phone: (217) 348-0530, ext. 259
or contact, Brenda Warren, RD, WIC Coordinator
Phone: (217) 348-0530, ext. 243
For any additional information about pregnancy and all things baby-related, feel free to visit these sites:
American Baby Magazine
Family Case Management
This program provides prenatal, infant, and child care education, physical and developmental assessment and screening, assistance with financial aid application, high-risk infant follow up and service referral.
Serving: Pregnant women and families with children to the age of one year.
Eligibility Requirements: Coles County resident and income at or below 200% of poverty level.
To call for appointment, application, or additional information, contact:
Jeri Moffett, Family Case Management Coordinator
Phone: (217) 348-0530, ext. 245
***All RN's that do the physical and developmental assessments have completed a Pediatric Health Assessment Course through the Illinois Department of Human Services.
For any additional information, feel free to visit these sites:
Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Department of Human Services
Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program
The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program is a voluntary program designed to help impact breastfeeding rates, especially increasing duration rates. The Peer Counselors are here to:
- Help pregnant women on the WIC program make an informed choice about breastfeeding.
- Help and encourage WIC breastfeeding moms to continue breastfeeding.
- Promote and educate the community about the many benefits of breastfeeding.
- Back in shape faster
- Weight Loss
- Cost (less expensive)
- Decreased risk of ovarian cancer, UTI, osteoporosis, and breast cancer
- Best nutrition available
- Decreased risk of disease and infection
- Fewer allergies
- Milk is more easily digested
- Position baby on their side, facing mother "tummy to tummy" with baby's nose at mom's nipple. The tip of baby's nose and chin should touch breast when latching on.
- Breastfeed within first hour of life or as soon as possible and as frequently as your baby needs. Feed on baby's cue (i.e. hand to mouth, rooting and sucking movements).
- Some signs of adequate breast milk intake are that your baby is nursing 8-12 times per 24 hours and has at least 6 wet diapers per 24 hours.
- During growth spurts, baby will want to nurse more often for approximately one to three days. You will usually see growth spurts at:
- 10-14 days
- 4-6 weeks
- 3 & 6 months