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Cindy Turner-Maffei <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 2 Aug 1996 20:17:43 -0400
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On Aug 1, Alicia wrote "I've been using the information that WIC only
supplies free abm for a baby until 9 lb 12 oz..."

I think the confusion arises here regarding the *amount* of formula
supplied.  The maximum amount of abm WIC provides is ~26 ounces per day.
Roughly speaking, this is enough abm for a 10 pound infant.  After the
baby's needs exceed 26 ounces, the parents will need to purchase abm on
their own.  (I find it helpful to tell women prenatally that if they choose
not to breastfeed, they will spend $400- $500 to purchase the extra abm

Parents can continue to receive this 26 ounce food "package" until the baby
turns reaches twelve months.  That is, abm provision does not stop when the
baby reaches a certain weight, but continues through the first year.

WIC nutritionists have a variety of food packages to choose from so that
they can be tailored to the mother's needs.  For example, an exclusively
breastfeeding mom will get extra food for herself, and nothing for the
infant until baby reaches five or six months, when infant cereal and juice
are added to the food package. A partially breastfeeding mom can get a
slightly smaller food package for herself and an abm "supplement" for baby.
A non-nursing woman gets less food for herself, for a shorter period of
time than a nursing mom.

Hope this helps!

************Cindy Turner-Maffei, MA, IBCLC, aka [log in to unmask]***********
Lactation Consultant/WIC Nutritionist/Mom with an Attitude~~~Cape Cod, MA,