- WIC (Women, Infants & Children) provides nutritious food and information to pregnant women, breastfeeding women, infants and children under five years of age.
- Fathers, guardians, or foster parents can also apply for WIC for their children.
- Includes access to Wisconsin MyWIC app, Fit Families Program and WIC at the Farmer's Market.
- The WIC PreScreening Tool can help you figure out whether you might be eligible for WIC.
NOTE: this PreScreening Tool is NOT an application for WIC.
- To apply for WIC in Eau Claire County call 715-839-5051 to make an appointment.
For more information about WIC and WIC benefits in Eau Claire County, visit our WIC Benefits & Programs page.
It is very important to us to preserve the health and safety of our clients and staff while continuing to provide essential services. Even though our offices are currently closed to the public, and we are reducing our direct contact with the public, we will continue to provide services through alternate ways.
- Healthy Beginnings Plus (HB+): support for clients will occur via telehealth.
- Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP): client visits will occur via phone and telehealth options.
In addition to Women, Infants, & Children (WIC), we offer two programs for people who are pregnant living in Eau Claire, Chippewa or Dunn Counties that give support and information needed to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. You do not need to be a legal resident.
Healthy Beginnings Plus Program
Nurses work with families until the baby is 2 months old.
Nurse Family Partnership Program
Nurses work with families until the baby is 2 years old.
These programs provide:
- Personal support to set goals and reach them.
- Help getting health care.
- Information on topics like: eating habits, preparing for childbirth and parenting, safe sleep, child development, staying active, breastfeeding, and more.
- Help finding community Services.
Enroll anytime during your pregnancy (the sooner the better!).
- Call (715) 495-1149
- If you have WIC, ask at your next appointment
- Complete the Referral Form to one of these programs.
You are income eligible if you qualify for other programs such as:
- BadgerCare Plus
- Wisconsin Works Program (W-2)
ABCs of Safe Sleep
A. Alone: Baby should sleep alone without blankets, toys, stuffed animals or pillows.
B. Back: Place baby to sleep on his/her back for every sleep.
C. Crib: Baby should sleep in a crib, bassinet, or portable play yard.
S. Smoke-free air: Keep air around baby smoke-free, do not smoke in the house or car.
Safe Sleep Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
- Place baby on their back for every sleep - this does not increase the risk of choking.
- Room-sharing without bed-sharing is recommended for at least the first six months.
- The mattress in crib, bassinet, or portable play yard should be firm and fitted. No soft bedding, crib bumpers, or other objects other than a sleep sack or wearable blanket should be in the crib.
- Prenatal Care for pregnant women is important.
- Avoid smoking during pregnancy and around your baby after birth.
- Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
- Breastfeeding is recommended.
- Consider pacifier use at bedtime and naps.
- Avoid overheating.
- Do not use commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Immunize and have regular well-child visits.
- Tummy time is beneficial when watching baby.
Public Health Nurses work to educate families and the community on safe sleep practices.
Safe Sleep Resources:
There are several ways that we offer breastfeeding support:
- Through Public Health Nurse Home Visiting programs. Learn about these programs in the section above.
- As part of your WIC (Mothers, Infants, Children) experience
- WIC mothers choosing to breastfeed are provided information through counseling and breastfeeding educational materials.
- Breastfeeding mothers receive follow-up support through our peer counselor.
- Breastfeeding mothers are eligible to participate in WIC longer than non-breastfeeding mothers.
- Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their infants receive an enhanced food package.
- Breastfeeding mothers can receive breast pumps to help support starting and continuing to breastfeed.
- Breastfeeding Peer Counseling is available for expectant and breastfeeding mothers throughout pregnancy and her breastfeeding journey.
- 1 1/2 Hour Breastfeeding Classes
- All classes are held at the Eau Claire City County Health Department, 720 2nd Ave, Eau Claire, WI
- Please see calendar at the bottom of this page for specific dates and times
- Register by Calling (715) 577-6154
- Topics covered include:
- Benefits of breastfeeding for babies, mothers, and fathers
- How breastfeeding works
- Latching on and positioning
- How often and how long for feeding
- Breast care
- Strategies for returning to work or school
- When and where to get help should you need it
- Northwestern Wisconsin Breastfeeding Network - provides local breastfeeding information & support
- Basic Breastfeeding Information
- Laws and Breastfeeding - including the right to breastfeed in public
- Break time for Mothers under the FMLA
- Donate Milk to the Mothers' Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes
First Breath Program
This free statewide program offers non-judgmental support, educational materials, and meaningful incentives to help pregnant women, new moms and their families quit smoking.
Public Health Nurses are trained to Ask, Advise, and Refer smokers to the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation (WWHF). WWHF Quit Coaches are able to provide smoking cessation counseling.
Over 20,000 women have participated in First Breath 2000.
For more information Contact the Eau Claire Health Department at (715) 839-4718.
Links to more info:
Tobacco use and pregnancy information from Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation
Fact Sheets on Tobacco use and dependency from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Free medications, live coaching, and web coach 24/7 from Wisconsin Tobacco QuitLine
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Well Water Testing
- Well water with high bacteria and/or nitrate levels can be especially dangerous for pregnant women and babies drinking infant formula mixed with water.
- We offer FREE Well water testing to all households with newborns.
- For more information, call 715-839-4718.
- You can't smell or taste radon, but it is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.
- Purchase a short-term radon test kit at our main desk for only $10.
- For more information, call 715-839-4718
- Your baby is vulnerable to flu and whooping cough, but is too young to get vaccinated. Getting your whole family vaccinated helps protect your baby during this time.
- Pregnant women and family members should get the
- Influenze 'flu shot' vaccine each year
- Tdap to prevent whooping cough and tetanus
- For eligibility information, call 715-839-4718
Family Planning Clinic
- Our staff can help you manage your family life plan
- Do you want to become pregnant again?
- If you do, when?
- We offer birth control options, pregnancy testing, and STI screening and treatment.
- To make an appointment, call 715-839-6988.
- Food & Nutrition
- Housing and Energy
- Jobs & Education
- Financial Services
- Dental Care
- And Other Services available in Eau Claire County
- Hot Meals (Free or Donation)
- FoodShare ($$ for Food)
- Food Pantries (Free Groceries)
- Vouchers for Food and Nutrition Education
- Other Food Sources