Texas WIC News, Volume 19, Number 5, September/October 2010 Page: 2
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WIC Pmvides Infonnation on Caring for Infants
he Texas WIC program proudly serves
55 percent of infants born in the state.
These infants, which make up 20 per-
cent of our statewide WIC caseload, are
the focus of this edition of the Texas
WIC News. One of the major roles of
the WIC program is to provide nutrition
education for moms about appropriate
feeding of their newborns. WIC also has
a role in providing information about
how to protect this vulnerable popula-
tion. There are several articles included
in this issue that address the informa-
tion you need as educator and advisor
to others who have questions concern-
ing caring for their infants.
It seems there are many opinions about
when and what foods to start feeding a
baby. Because of the difference of opin-
ion among the professionals, we want
our staff to be armed with the best, ba-
sic information available to share with
the mothers of infants that they serve.
The article on page 4, "Infant Guide to
Starting Solids: When, Why, and How"
provides excellent hints and tips for a
baby's developmental readiness for
eating. Mothers of infants with
4 special health care needs have
additional concerns that need
to be addressed as discussed
in the article "Guide to Start-
ing Solids for the Special
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Needs Infant on WIC" found on page
6. "The Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play"
article on page 8 and the "Eaton Wright:
Home Safety Quiz" on page 18 both
provide helpful information aimed at
educating on key concepts for ensuring
the safety of infants.
Part of caring for our infants is provid-
ing information and access to resources
outside of the WIC program. One very
important resource available to our
participants is the Texas Health Steps
program. There is an excellent article
on page 10 that discusses the mission of
this program. WIC has a responsibility
to make sure that our participants have
access to the health care that is needed,
and we are very proud of the referral
process that you have set up in your
I have been in clinics and watched the
thoughtful, supportive way in which
you approach the new mom and try to
help her perform the most important
job she will ever have - caring for her
new baby. I appreciate all you do to pro-
vide nutrition education and counsel-
ing to ensure the safety and welfare of
our Texas WIC infants, one of our state's
most precious resources and the future
of our state and nation.
Texas \II News
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