December 27, 2011 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Infant Formula on WIC Checks
SUBJECT 2: Parents of Infants Needed for NIH-funded Research Study
SUBJECT 3: Breastfeeding Diaper Diary Tear Pad

  1. Infant Formula on WIC Checks:  It is very important that WIC staff knows the importance of giving the correct information to WIC participants regarding the food prescription written on the WIC checks.  The WIC check is very specific as to what kind of formula an infant or child is allowed and there can be no substitutes for this formula.  Some formulas sound so much alike in their name however; they can be very different formulas.  Missouri WIC does not issue the Enfamil Premium Newborn. If you have concerns or questions, please contact your District TA Nutritionist.

  2. Parents of Infants Needed for NIH-funded Research Study:  The Oregon Center for Applied Science Inc. (ORCAS) is a public health research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families.  They create computer-based, multi-media programs about health and safety topics, and are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Currently, they are developing a CPR and first aid program for families of children ages newborn to 12 years old.  They are currently testing the effectiveness of this program.  In order to accomplish this, ORCAS plans to test two different groups through an online study.  One group will view the program; and the other will read AHA-based materials about how to perform CPR and first aid skills.  They will test each participant’s knowledge and skills before and after instruction through written surveys.

    Attached is a flyer about the ORCAS project.  If someone is interested in participating in the program evaluation, they need to visit the ORCAS website and answer a few questions.  If qualified, a research staff member will email them the consent form and have them get started with the program.

    Thank you for your help in making this available to parents that use your facility.  There are no sales or mailing lists involved.  ORCAS compensates those that participate for their time.  If selected, those participating in the ORCAS project could make up to $75.00 over a 30-day period. If you have concerns or questions, please contact your District TA Nutritionist. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  3. Breastfeeding Diaper Diary Tear Pad:  A new breastfeeding handout has been developed titled, “How to Know Your Baby is Getting Enough” which provides information on infant tummy size and appropriate number of wet/dirty diapers for a breastfed baby.  A log for tracking the number of wet and dirty diapers the baby has each day for the first week postpartum is on the back.  This handout comes in a tear pad of 50 and can be ordered from the MO DHSS warehouse.  The catalog number is #568 and you will need to order by pad (50 handouts each).  Please see the attached sample.

    Please feel free to share this handout with your area hospitals as needed.  If you have any questions about this handout or any other breastfeeding literature, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or by email at (ONE ATTACHMENT)

First Aid Program Evaluation
Enough Milk