CADIZ — Just outside the offices of the Women’s, Infants and Children’s Program on E. Warren Street in Cadiz on Wednesday, a crowd of ladies from WIC and nursing, as well as the Puskarich Library, set up a station to honor Breastfeeding Awareness Month for the month of August.
Joni Dulkoski, Brandi Rapp and WIC Director Rebecca Eberhart were handing out goody bags to anyone interested in seeking help or advice on various infant care issues. Karli Ray from the Puskarich Library joined and was there to provide children’s books and promote the Imagination Library.
Eberhart said they are doing what they can to educate individuals on healthy eating and breastfeeding tips because they are part of the Harrison County Health Department.
“Breastfeeding is the healthiest food for infants”, said Eberhart. “We are here to educate about the benefits of breastfeeding.”
Rapp, who is a nurse, said WIC takes walk-in visits, but most of the time it’s by appointment only. And it’s not just about educating mothers about the benefits of breastfeeding, but also about caring for pregnant women and postpartum mothers and supplemental nutrition for children up to age. 5 years old. But WIC has also partnered with the Harrison County Diaper Bank for those who qualify.
The Kids for Cribs program is another program Rapp participates in to educate mothers on safe sleep and the proper way to put their child down for bedtime. A ready-to-use playpen is provided free to eligible persons.
“We focus on nutrition education and breastfeeding education and promotion,” Eberhart added.
Further explanation of the WIC is provided on the OHCHR website under Community, Health and Education, where it also offers assistance with infant feeding classes and “referral to health care and other programs” for example.
To be eligible for WIC, individuals must live in Ohio, have certain health or nutrition risks, and meet WIC financial guidelines. WIC also has its own Facebook page where educational videos and essential information are provided.