August 6, 2012 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: Labor Day Holiday
SUBJECT 2: Nutrition Assessment Forms -Scanners at the LWPs are now fixed
SUBJECT 3: FDA Warning
SUBJECT 4: CDC’s Breastfeeding Report Card

  1. Labor Day Holiday: The State WIC office will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2012. There will be no WIC Help Desk coverage. If you have questions, please contact Mark Davis at or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209.

  2. Nutrition Assessment Forms-scanners at the LWPs are now fixed: Please begin scanning the Nutrition Assessment forms that your WIC participants are filling out beginning August 6. The Nutrition Assessment forms must be scanned into MOWINS except for the time that the Cannon scanners were not functioning, July 23 - August 4. If you have any questions, please contact your TA Nutritionist.

  3. FDA Warning: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published warnings on using products that contain benzocain, which is a local anesthetic that is found in over-the-counter products such as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase. The use of these gels and liquids for mouth and gum pain can lead to a rare but serious condition called methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced. This condition can sometimes be fatal and children under the age of 2 are at particular risk. For more information please go to

  4. CDC’s Breastfeeding Report Card: This report includes both national and state-specific data about individual behaviors related to breastfeeding, as well as data on support in hospitals and communities, which can either help or hinder mothers’ efforts to meet their breastfeeding goals. In Missouri 77.6% of mothers initiated breastfeeding, which is above the national average of 76.9 percent. The report also found that in Missouri, 43.1% of mothers are breastfeeding at 6 months and 24.3% are breastfeeding at 12 months.

    The state WIC office would like to thank all the local WIC agencies for their breastfeeding promotion and support efforts. Since 50% of all infants in Missouri receive WIC services, the breastfeeding interventions implemented at the local WIC level are obviously impacting statewide breastfeeding rates. The full CDC report is available at For more information about CDC's breastfeeding rates and efforts to improve hospital practices to support breastfeeding, visit If you have questions about breastfeeding rates, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at or by phone at 573-526-4792.