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Today Is National Milk Day

Milk is nutritious for babies, children and mothers and is a WIC-approved product.

Milk is nutritious for babies, children and mothers and is a WIC-approved product.

Let’s Celebrate Milk

Today, Jan. 11th, is National Milk Day, we celebrate milk – your first drink.  Milk in all forms provides an array of vitamins and nutrients for babies for more than their first few years. So let’s celebrate milk, in all of it’s forms – breastmilk, formula and dairy milk. 

It is believed that National Milk Day commemorates the day the first milk deliveries in glass bottles began in the United States.  

Milk from mom is likely the first place you ever get milk.  Nutritionists at Texas WIC want mother’s to know the importance of breast milk. 

MILK FROM BREASTFEEDING

Breastfeeding is super healthy for baby and mom

Breastfeeding is super healthy for baby and mom

“Breastmilk is one of the most important gifts you can give your baby,” according to their website.  “Breastfeed as much as you can for as long as you can — every ounce gives baby lasting health benefits. WIC supports breastfeeding as the best way to feed your baby for as long as you (and baby) want.”

Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) is a free nutrition support program for mothers and their children up to age 5. They provide nutrition education, classes, breastfeeding support and free food supplements.

Texas WIC encourages breastfeeding because of the health benefits for both the baby and the mom. Health experts tell us that breastfed babies are sick less often and have a lower chance of dying from SIDS. Breast milk is also good for mothers, including being able to lose more weight in the first six months after their babies were born. It can also decrease the chances a mother develops breast cancer, according to some studies. 

Breastfeeding isn’t easy, so WIC has created an entire website of information to help mothers. There is even a hotline for more support, 855-550-6667. 

BABY FORMULA

WIC clients receive formala, including prescription formula if needed, for babies.

Not all mothers can breast feed. So we also celebrate baby formula. It provides babies with necessary nutrition in their first few years. 

Finding the right formula is key. Some babies need prescription formulas for allergies or reactions to formula. Talk to your pediatrician about which formula is right for your baby. 

“It’s super important to follow all the steps to make sure the formula you give your baby is safe. If you have any questions, talk to your health care provider or your WIC Nutritionist. It can be a lot of information and we’re here to help,” Akata Sanghani, RD, IBCLC, registered dietitian and lactation consultant at Texas WIC, is quoted on their website.

Texas WIC also provides support to mothers that use formula. Information about mixing, cleaning bottles, storing formula and feeding your baby can be found on their website.

Along with popular formula brands, Grocery Services North also supplies prescription formulas to WIC clients at its stores. If you need formula or special formula, visit any of our stores for details about how we can provide it for you. We are happy to help.

MILK FOR MOM

It’s also important mother’s get from milk. One of the most important nutrients moms can receive is calcium. 

Milk provides nutrition in the form of  protein, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A and B vitamins.

“Dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt offer essential nutrients that help nourish people throughout life,” said National Dairy Council President Jean Ragalie-Carr, RDN, LDN, FAND on the USDairy.com website. “We are living during a period where affordable nutrition is critically important to our nation. Dairy foods, including lactose-free varieties, are a highly nutritious and accessible option that can help fill important nutrient gaps and support overall well-being.”

Texas WIC also provides nutrition guidelines for mothers, including getting enough calcium-rich foods like dairy in your diet. If you would like to join WIC, please visit them online to apply.

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Explore Stages of Baby Food, Feeding

Steps of Baby Feeding, 1-2-3

There are not many moments more rewarding than the first time you feed your baby. From the first feeding until they are throwing food on the floor in protest, your baby will go through several stages at mealtime. We have gathered pointers from experts, including WIC Texas, as a guide.

No stage is predictable; no child is the same. Every parent has to take cues from their child and their physician to determine the best feeding practices. There are a few certainties. One of them is your child will go through several stages of eating in the first year.

BREASTFEEDING

Your first experience feeding your baby will likely be at the hospital. You will likely have help from trained professionals to advise and guide you about the best methods and techniques. 

Every mom will have their own experience with breastfeeding. Some will nurse with ease for years. Others will have a harder time. Luckily there are free resources to help guide you along the way. We think one of the best resources is Texas WIC. 

Experts at Texas WIC encourage mothers to breastfeed as long as possible. That’s because it’s both healthy for the baby and the mother. Texas WIC has created breastmilkcounts.com website that has everything you need to know about breastfeeding. There is even a hotline for WIC clients to call for breastfeeding support, 855-550-6667. To see if you are eligible to enroll, apply online or visit a Dallas-area WIC clinic today.

FORMULA FEEDING

Even though breastfeeding is highly encouraged, not all moms are able to feed this way. Your little one still has to get nutrients to grow. Since babies are not allowed to try cow’s milk before age 1, formula is how your baby will get all the nutrition they need.

There are many baby formulas on the market, including speciality prescription formulas for babies that have allergies or digestive issues. Talk to your child’s doctor about which one is best. You may need to try a few to find the right one. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s mixing instructions. They are not all the same. Mixing them properly is very important for the safety of your baby. Texas WIC offers these guidelines for mixing formulas. 

Texas WIC clients can pick up their baby formula at any Grocery Services North, a grocery store chain that offers primarily WIC foods. They carry a large selection of baby formula and even prescription baby formulas. You can find a list of products online.  You can visit a  location near you, or schedule a time for pickup. Staff is also very knowledgeable about the WIC program and can help answer your questions. 

BABY FOOD & WIC

This is where it really starts to get fun. Once your baby is ready (your baby’s doctor can confirm when your little one can start sampling), they will start exploring new tastes and textures. It’s just as much fun for parents to discover what their little ones like and don’t like. 

Aren’t sure if your baby is ready to move to the next stage? Texas WIC provides an outline online to help you recognize important baby milestones and signs your tot might be ready.

Around 6-months old (confirm your child is ready with their doctor or a Texas WIC nutritionist), your baby may be able start trying purees. As they get older (around 9 months, but confirm with your doctor), they might be able to try foods that are soft and easily mashed. Scrambled eggs, soft fruits like bananas and avocados, steamed veggies or even homemade hummus.

Once your baby starts trying foods other than breastmilk and formula, you will need to be on the lookout for possible reactions from food allergies. Some of the common allergies are soy, fish, shellfish, eggs, dairy, wheat or nuts (peanut butter for example since babies should not eat whole nuts because they may choke). Texas WIC offers great guidelines on signs your baby has a food allergy.

It’s important to always watch your child while they eat in case they choke. Be prepared in the event they need help. 

Guiding your baby through the various stages of eating will be a joy to watch. Enjoy the process!

TEXAS WIC CAN HELP WITH BABY FOOD

The WIC program is free for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and their children up to 5 years old. It’s designed for mothers to help their kids get a healthy start. WIC participants are able to take home free nutritional food, enroll in free nutritional classes and visit WIC-approved clinics. To find out if you qualify visit a Dallas-area clinic near you or apply online.

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