WIC Program

WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy foods and nutrition counseling for pregnant people, new parents, infants and children under age five.

Healthy Eating Resources

Breastfeeding Resources (Spanish)

Howard County Resource Guide - Food Assistance and Nutrition Education Programs

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Pop-Up Farmer's Market

Date & Time Location
July 16th - 11a-1p Howard County Health Department (8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia MD 21045)
August 9th -10a-12p Howard County Health Department (8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia MD 21045)
August 16th -10a-12p North Laurel Community Center (9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd, Laurel, MD 20723)
Sept. 17th - 11a-1p Howard County Health Department (8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia MD 21045)
Oct. 15th - 11a-1p Howard County Health Department (8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia MD 21045)

Howard County Health Department has partnered with Stoecker Farms to offer pop-up Farmer's Markets at the Ascend One Building. Stoecker Farms will be offering local, organic/natural produce. 

Cash, cards, SNAP, eWIC & WIC FMNP checks will be accepted. For questions, call 410-313-5891.

WIC Offers Dental Screenings to WIC Participants

Appointments are preferred (but walk-ins accepted).

WHEN:  First Thursday of the month

WHAT:   Oral health and dental screening (also includes a fluoride varnish and a referral to services at Chase Brexton, if needed)

WHO:  Pregnant moms and children on WIC

MORE INFORMATION: Call us at 410-313-7510

Congenital Syphilis

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Congenital Syphilis is: increasing in the U.S., a source of major health problems even death, preventable

What is congenital syphilis (CS)?

Congenital syphilis (CS) is a disease that happens when a mother with syphilis passes the infection on to her baby during pregnancy. 

How can CS affect my baby?

CS can have major health impacts on your baby.
CS can cause:

  • Miscarriage (losing the baby during pregnancy)
  • Stillbirth (a baby born dead)
  • Prematurity (a baby born early)
  • Low birth weight
  • Death shortly after birth

CS is preventable and curable!  To learn more visit our STI page here or call 410-313-1412

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WIC Information

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Who is Eligible for WIC?

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  • Pregnant women
  • New moms (up to six months after delivery)
  • Breastfeeding moms (up to one year after delivery)
  • Infants
  • Children under the age of five

*You must meet income guidelines, see link for more details regarding eligibility.

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WIC Services

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  • Lactation support and education
     
    - For general breastfeeding questions and Certified Breastfeeding Specialist appointments call 410-313-7510 (Columbia) or 410-313-0630 (North Laurel)

     - WIC CLIENTS ONLY: For breastfeeding concerns or issues after 5:00pm until 10:00pm (Monday-Friday) call our Breastfeeding warmline at 410-313-0608.

  • Nutrition support, education, and food assistance

  • Dental screenings

  • Referral to local healthcare and social services

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How to Apply for WIC?

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  • Call Howard County WIC at 410-313-7510.
  • Please CLICK HERE for details about the documents that must be provided.
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WIC Locations

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Columbia Health Center
8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD 21045 
Telephone: 410-313-7510 (voice/relay) 
Email: HowardWIC@howardcountymd.gov
Fax: 410-313-5719 
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30 pm - Monday through Friday

North Laurel Health Center 
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd
Laurel, MD 20723 
Telephone:: 410-313-0630 (voice/relay) 
Fax 410-313-5719 
Hours: 8:00am - 5:00 pm - Monday through Friday

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Read full statement HERE.

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Guidance for Families Seeking Baby Formula During National Shortage

The Maryland Department of Health issued guidance for families looking to find baby formula during the national shortage.  Read the full Press Release here.

  • If you are a WIC family, contact us for assistance locating products or making changes to your WIC food benefits.
  • If you are not a Maryland WIC participant, visit the Maryland WIC website to learn how to apply, or call us at 410-313-7510 to find out if you are eligible for benefits.

General Formula Guidance

  • Do not dilute infant formula. Adding extra water or other liquids to infant formula can be dangerous and life-threatening for babies, leading to serious nutritional deficits and health issues.
  • Do not use homemade formulas. Formulas made at home often lack the critical nutrients that babies need.
  • Use a different brand or type of formula if available. For most babies, it is OK to switch to any available formula. Call your child’s health provider if you have questions.
  • If feeding a baby with human milk from a source other than the baby's mother, you should only use milk from a source that has screened its milk donors and taken other precautions to ensure the safety of the milk.

WIC is returning to contract formulas, including Similac Advance, Similac Sensitive, and Similac Soy.

Please contact your local WIC office with any questions regarding formula.

WIC Breastfeeding Program

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What we offer

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Breastfeeding Program Counselors offer support to parents who want help with:

  • good breastfeeding positions,
  • proper breastfeeding latch
  • ensuring breast feeding does not hurt
  • learning about baby behavior and feeding cues

If you are already breast feeding, our breastfeeding experts can help with:

  • great moral support
  • pumping questions
  • questions as your baby grows
  • when to introduce solid foods while breastfeeding
  • what to do when your baby grows teeth
  • when to ween your baby
  • and more...
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Breastfeeding support and assistance

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Breastfeeding/Lactation support and education

Our certified breastfeeding specialists are here to help you and your baby. 

  • For general breastfeeding questions and Certified Breastfeeding Specialist appointments call 410-313-7510 (Columbia) or 410-313-0630 (North Laurel)  
  • WIC CLIENTS ONLY: For breastfeeding concerns or issues after 5:00pm until 10:00pm (Monday-Friday) call our Breastfeeding warmline at 410-313-0608.
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Locations

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Columbia Health Center
8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD 21045 
Telephone: 410-313-7510 (voice/relay) 
Email: HowardWIC@howardcountymd.gov
Fax: 410-313-5719 
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30 pm - Monday through Friday

North Laurel Health Center 
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd
Laurel, MD 20723 
Telephone:: 410-313-0630 (voice/relay) 
Fax 410-313-5719 
Hours: 8:00am - 5:00 pm - Monday through Friday

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Read full statement HERE.

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More information and resources

IMPORTANT 

*** WIC is NOT part of Public Charge. *** ("Public Charge" means any immigrant who receives one or more public benefits for more than 12 months total within a 36 month period.)  The final Public Charge rule says that WIC participation will NOT be considered in any "public charge" determination conducted in the United States.  WIC clinics do NOT collect information about immigration status.  They do NOT share personal participant information with immigration authorities.
 

IMPORTANTE

***WIC NO es parte de la Carga Pública*** Las clínicas del WIC no preguntan ni recopilan información sobre el estado de inmigración o ciudadnía de un participante.  La norma final de carga pública aclara que la participación en el WIC NO SERA considerada en una determinación de carga pública realizada en los Estado Unidos. Las clínicas y agencias del WIC no comparten información personal de los participantes con las autoridades de inmigración.

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