Food Package categories distinguish between fully
breastfeeding, partially breastfeeding, and fully formula
feeding mother/infant pairs.
Whether or not a breastfeeding woman
receives a food package and which food package she is
assigned is based on the amount of infant formula received
from WIC for her infant, and the age of the infant.
Fully breastfeeding food packages are
for mothers and their babies who do not receive formula from
WIC and are considered to be breastfeeding exclusively.
Mothers and infants may receive this package until the
infant is 12 months of age. For mothers, this package
provides the largest quantity and variety of foods. For
infants, this package provides twice the amount of infant
food fruits and vegetables as the package for infants who
receive formula, and also provides infant food meat.
Partially breastfeeding food packages
are for mothers and their infants who mostly breastfeed but
also receive some formula from WIC after the first month
postpartum. Mothers and infants may receive this package
until the infant is 12 months of age. For mothers, this
package provides extra quantities and varieties of
foods—more than for mothers who mostly formula feed. For
infants, formula amounts are kept to a minimum to help
mothers continue to successfully breastfeed.
Routine issuance of infant formula in
the first month is not authorized to partially breastfeeding
mothers to allow the establishment of successful
Women who are not breastfeeding or only
breastfeeding a minimal amount receive a WIC basic food
package. Minimally breastfeeding women whose infants greater
than 6 months of age receive more formula from WIC than is
allowed for a partially breastfeeding infant do not receive
a food package. They may receive other WIC benefits,
however, such as breastfeeding support and breast pumps,
nutrition education, and referrals to health and social