Black Maternal Health Week 2024

Every year, from April 11th to the 17th, we celebrate Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW). During this week, we come together to address the challenging issues that Black women face during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.

This year’s theme “Our Bodies STILL Belong to Us: Reproductive Justice NOW!” aims to raise awareness of the increasing restrictions on abortion care access as well as the rise in criminalization due to pregnancy loss.

There are still significant racial disparities in maternal health outcomes, particularly affecting Black women. Regardless of income or education, Black mothers face significantly higher risks during childbirth. These challenges stem from deep-rooted issues, such as racism and bias within the healthcare system.

At PHFE WIC, we support Black Maternal Health by working alongside our sister program, CinnaMoms, which supports and creates a safe space and community for Black families to thrive. CinnaMoms hosts virtual and in-person support groups and special events every month.

Check out the events happening this month.

As we celebrate Black Maternal Health Week, remember that the fight for equity is far from over. It requires continuous commitment and action from policymakers, healthcare providers, advocates, and communities.

Check out the events happening this week and how you can get involved.

Recall: Quaker Granola Bars and Breakfast Cereal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a nationwide recall for Quaker Recalls Granola Bars and Granola Cereals Due to Possible Health Risk because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Please see the affected products UPCs below

  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cinnamon 14.5 oz UPC 030000061534
  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cinnamon 21 oz UPC 030000320730
  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar 14.5 oz UPC 030000064412
  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar 21 oz UPC 030000064030

WIC families, who have purchased the affected product are urged not to consume the product and dispose them. For a refund, contact Quaker Consumer Relations at 1-800-492-9322 or visit www.quakergranolarecall.com for additional information.

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Full details regarding the FDA recall can be found here.

For further questions or concerns, please text us at 91997 to speak with a WIC counselor.

August is National Breastfeeding Month!

All parents with young children should have access to skilled breastfeeding and chestfeeding counseling and support from their health facilities, workplaces, and communities.

WIC is committed to being part of parents’ support systems by providing free phone, online, virtual, and in-person services.

Every year, August 1-7, we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. This year, the theme “Enabling breastfeeding: making a difference for working parents” reaffirms WIC’s important role in parents’ support and breastfeeding education.

PHFE WIC Hosts its 2nd Annual Breastfeeding Celebration

Celebrating Families

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
750 S Santa Anita Ave,
South El Monte, CA 91733

August 22, 2023
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Facebook Live “Breastfeeding Q&A with an LC!”

Get answers to all your breastfeeding and chestfeeding questions! Join WIC’s Facebook live event. Everyone is welcome.

¡Obtenga respuestas a todas sus preguntas sobre lactancia!

miércoles, 16 de agosto del 2023, de 11:00 a. m. a 12:00 p. m. PDT

Haga clic en el botón 'Unirse ahora' a continuación el día y la hora del evento para conectarse. ¡Te veo allí!

获取所有母乳喂养问题的答案!

2023 年 8 月 16 日星期三下午 1 点至 2 点(太平洋夏令时)

单击活动日期和时间下方的“立即加入”按钮进行连接。到时候那里见!

Get answers to all your breastfeeding questions!

Thursday, August 17, 2023 from 11:00am-12 pm PDT

Click the 'Join now' button below on the day and time of the event to connect. See you there!

Nhận câu trả lời cho tất cả các câu hỏi cho con bú của bạn!

Thứ Năm, ngày 17 tháng 8 năm 2023 từ 1 giờ chiều đến 2 giờ chiều PDT

Nhấp vào nút 'Tham gia ngay' bên dưới vào ngày và giờ của sự kiện để kết nối. Hẹn gặp bạn ở đó!

Virtual Breastfeeding Support Groups

WIC sẵn sàng hỗ trợ bạn và mục tiêu nuôi con bằng sữa mẹ của bạn. WIC mời các phụ nữ đang mang thai và các gia đình đang cho con bú sữa mẹ tham gia nhóm hỗ trợ nuôi con bằng sữa mẹ trên Zoom để kết nối và học hỏi với các bậc cha mẹ khác.

Nhấp vào nút 'Tham gia ngay' vào ngày và giờ của nhóm hỗ trợ để kết nối trên Zoom

 

Currently pregnant or just had a baby and looking for breastfeeding support? Join WIC's Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group on Zoom!

Click the 'Join now' button below on the day and time of the support group to connect on Zoom. See you there!

 

Ikaw ba ay nagdadalang tao o kapapanganak lamang at nangangailangan ng tulong sa breastfeeding? Maaring lumahok sa breastfeeding support group sa pamamagitan ng Zoom.

 

WIC-ն այստեղ է օժանդակելու ձեզ՝ երեխայի կերակրման ձեր նպատակներին։ Հղի և կրծքով կերակրող ընտանիքները հրավիրվում են Zoom-ի միջով միանալու կրծքով կերակրման աջակցության խմբակին՝ հաղորդակցվելու և սովորելու այլ ծնողների հետ։

Սեղմեք Zoom-ի 'Միացիր հիմա' կոճակը՝ աջակցության խմբակին միանալու օրը և ժամին։ Կտեսնեմ ձեզ այնտեղ!

 

WIC está aquí para apoyarla a usted y sus metas para alimentar a su bebé. Familias esperando un bebé o amamantando son invitadas a unirse a los grupos de apoyo a la lactancia en Zoom para conectarse y aprender con otros padres.

Haga clic en el botón '¡Únase ahora!' el día y la hora del grupo de apoyo que quiera para conectarse en Zoom.

 

WIC 在这里为您和您的宝宝提供母乳喂养的支持。我们邀请怀孕和母乳喂养的家庭加入 Zoom 上的母乳喂养支持小组,与其他家长一起讨论和学习关于母乳喂养的要点。

在小组活动当天只需点击'立即加入Join now' 键即可在Zoom上连接。到时候见!

 

Important Dates in the Month of August

This year, the theme “Enabling breastfeeding: Making a difference for working parents” reminds us of WIC’s important role in parents’ support and breastfeeding education.

This year's theme is "From the Stars to a Sustainable Future". We honor and celebrate indigenous breastfeeding and chestfeeding experiences and reclaiming ancestral birthing and parenting practices.

 

This year's theme is "Telling our stories. Elevating our voices". We are committed to supporting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities in their breastfeeding and chestfeeding journeys.

This year's theme is "We Outside! Celebrating Connection & Our Communities". Black Breastfeeding Week is the perfect time to learn more about organizations committed to supporting Black people who breastfeed and chestfeed, such as WIC’s sister program, CinnaMoms.

We are committed to supporting Latin/Hispanic communities in their breastfeeding and chestfeeding journeys.

CinnaMoms

In celebration of Black Breastfeeding Week, CinnaMoms will be hosting a Facebook Live Breastfeeding FAQ Session with a Lactation Consultant.

Thursday, August 17, 2023 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM

Click the ‘Join now’ button below on the day and time of the event to connect. See you there!

WIC Protects Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding

Infant feeding is a journey. WIC is here for parents every step of the way to educate, empower, and encourage parents to reach their goals for feeding their babies. WIC educates parents about breastfeeding and chestfeeding basics, overcoming challenges, returning to work, nursing in public, expressing and storing milk, and more.

Breastfeeding and chestfeeding services available to WIC participants:

Click here for more information about WIC breastfeeding and chestfeeding services.

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Register for WIC’s Webinar on July 26!

Join L.A. Care and WIC to learn more about their Parenting Session partnership and how to enroll families. Review all of the amazing resources available on the WIC nutrition education platform and the clinical nutrition services offered by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists beyond WIC to your clinic patients.

Join WIC and L.A. Care Health Plan for a live webinar,

“You Know WIC…but do you know WIC PLUS?”

Wednesday, July 26, 2023
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Questions? Email quality@lacare.org

  • Clinicians (i.e.: MDs, PCPs, OBGYNs, NPs, RNs, MAs)
  • Case Managers, Social Workers, Community Health Works
  • Front and back-office staff
 
Kiran Saluja, MPH, RDN
Executive Director
PHFE WIC, A Program of Heluna Health
 
Blanca Vargas, MPA, RDN
Senior Manager of Operations
PHFE WIC, A Program of Heluna Health
 
Sagrario Nielsen, MS, RDN
Deputy Director of Nutrition Services and Projects
PHFE WIC, A Program of Heluna Health
 
Jazmin Garcia, RDN
Training and Project Specialist
PHFE WIC, A Program of Heluna Health
 
Yolanda Sesma
Program Support Associate
PHFE WIC, A Program of Heluna Health

New Research: Increased WIC Cash Value Benefit Positively Impacts WIC Participants

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA approved an increase to the Cash Value Benefit (CVB) for purchase of fruits and vegetables for WIC participants. A recent study by the PHFE WIC Research Team finds that participants were highly satisfied and reported increased purchase and consumption of fruits and vegetables.

With the CVB increase, participants reported improved quality and variety of fruits and vegetables purchased.

I thought (the CVB increase) was amazing, because we eat more FV since there’s
been an increase. (Before the increase) we were eating more processed food and I
do not think that my daughter was getting adequate nutrition from eating those
types of foods and she’s a picky eater too. So now that I am cooking vegetables
with every dinner and we’re snacking on FV throughout the day
.

-WIC Participant

It (CVB increase) was super good because we managed to buy more variety of FV
and are able to make a salad or make other FV for the children
.

-WIC Participant

This increase is temporary and currently set to end September 30, 2022. These findings support maintaining the increased CVB in the WIC food package permanently.

Read the full study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health here.

New Research: Lactose-reduced Infant Formula Can be Associated with Higher Risk for Obesity

A new study by the PHFE WIC Research Team suggests that lactose-reduced infant formulas could have a correlation with a higher risk for childhood obesity. Infants who were given lactose-reduced formulas had a 10% higher risk for obesity at age 2 than infants who drank lactose-based formulas.

Lactose-reduced formulas remove the lactose carbohydrate from cows’ milk and replace it with corn syrup solids. These formulas quickly raise blood sugar and may cause rapid weight gain.

Are Babies Lactose Intolerant?

Marketers encourage parents with babies who cry more frequently than others to buy lactose-reduced formula by using words like “sensitive” or “gentle”. Most full-term babies are born with lactase enzymes that help them digest the lactose found in breast milk and formula. Only a small percentage of babies are lactose intolerant, usually preterm infants who did not develop the enzyme. Lactose intolerance usually develops from ages 3 to 5.

Should I stop giving my baby lactose-reduced formula?

Not at all! If you’re currently giving your baby lactose-free or lactose-reduced formula and baby is doing well, continue to offer what works best for your baby. If you’re noticing that your baby is fussy and want to change formulas, speak to your medical provider before making the switch. There are several reasons why baby may be fussy such as overstimulation, growing pains, or being tired. Learning how to understand your baby’s behavior will help you identify what your baby might need.

Read the full study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition here.

WIC Research: Kids Benefit from Longer WIC Participation

Longer WIC Participation is Associated with Higher Quality Diet at 5 years of Age

A recent study by PHFE WIC’s research team and colleagues at UC Oakland found that longer WIC participation is associated with lower household food insecurity and higher diet quality.

This study compared children who participated in the WIC program for 1 to 4 years. They assessed diet quality, household food insecurity, and obesity at the end of WIC eligibility at 60 months.

The results showed that children who participated in the WIC program for the entire five years had a 31% lower chance of food insecurity than those who participated for shorter periods. In addition, children who participated for the full five years were also associated with higher overall diet quality.

These findings suggest that the WIC program promotes healthier lifelong habits and provides food stability to low-income families.

Read the full study published in The Journal of Nutrition.

Register for WIC’s webinar for providers on August 24!

August is National Breastfeeding Month! Join WIC, Health Net, and L.A. Care Health Plan for a live webinar, “WIC: All Your Questions Answered: From Breastfeeding to Formula Updates to Making Referrals!”  on Wednesday August 24, from 12 pm to 1 pm.

Who Should Attend?

  • Clinicians (i.e.: MDs, PCPs, OBGYNs, NPs, RNs, MAs)
  • Case Managers
  • Front and back-office staff

Questions? Email quality@lacare.org

Speakers

Referring to WIC

Blanca Vargas, MPA, RDN
Senior Manager of Operations at PHFE WIC

Breastfeeding Services

Cindy Clapp, MS, RDN, IBCLC
Deputy Director of Breastfeeding Services at PHFE WIC

Formula Transition and Formula Shortage

Sagrario Nielsen, MS, RDN
Deputy Director of Nutrition Services and Projects at PHFE WIC

August is National Breastfeeding Month!

All parents with young children should have access to skilled breastfeeding and chestfeeding counseling and support from their health facilities, workplaces, and communities.

WIC is committed to being part of parents’ support systems by providing free phone, online, virtual, and in-person services.

Every year, August 1-7, we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. This year, the theme “Step Up For Breastfeeding: Educate and Support” reaffirms WIC’s important role in parents’ support and breastfeeding education.

In Honor of Breastfeeding Month: Join us in August at our Community Resource Fairs!

Facebook Live “Breastfeeding Q&A with an LC!”

Get answers to all your breastfeeding and chestfeeding questions! Join WIC’s Facebook live event. Everyone is welcome.

Events have concluded.

Get answers to all your breastfeeding questions!

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 from 11:00am-12pm PDT

Click the 'Join now' button below on the day and time of the event to connect. See you there!

¡Obtenga respuestas a todas sus preguntas sobre lactancia!

martes, 9 de agosto, 2022 de 2:00pm-3:00pm PDT

Haga clic en el botón '¡Únase ahora!' el día y la hora del evento para conectarse en Zoom.

獲得所有母乳喂養問題的答案。

2022 年 8 月 16 日,星期二,下午 2:00 至下午 3:00(太平洋夏令時間)

在小组活动当天只需点击立即加入Join now' 键即可上连接。到时候见!

Nhận câu trả lời cho tất cả các câu hỏi về nuôi con bằng sữa mẹ của bạn.

Thứ ba, ngày 16 tháng 8 năm 2022 11:00 sáng - 12:00 trưa theo giờ PDT

Nhấp vào nút 'Tham gia ngay' vào ngày và giờ của nhóm hỗ trợ để kết nối!

Important Dates in the month of August

CinnaMoms

In celebration of Black Breastfeeding Week, CinnaMoms will be hosting two events:

Facebook Live Breastfeeding FAQ Session with a Lactation Consultant on August 25th from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

Community Resource Fair at St. Andrew’s Place WIC on August 30th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

WIC Protects Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding

Infant feeding is a journey. WIC is here for parents every step of the way to educate, empower, and encourage parents to reach their goals for feeding their babies. WIC educates parents about breastfeeding and chestfeeding basics, overcoming challenges, returning to work, nursing in public, expressing and storing milk, and more.

Breastfeeding and chestfeeding services available to WIC participants:



Click here for more information about WIC breastfeeding and chestfeeding services.