Caldwell County WIC Office
Nutrition Education

Children

Children who listen to their hunger and fullness cues are more likely to stop eating when they are full and less likely to become overweight.  It's best to encourage your child to eat until they are full rather than encouraging them to clean their plate.  Try phrases like "is your belly telling you that you are full?" or "is your tummy still making hungry growling noise?", or "has your belly had enough?"  For additional information, check out the following links:

MyPlate for Preschoolers

How to Feed Children

Women

Whether you have just had a baby or you are pregnant, it is important to take care of yourself.  Eating well is one of the best ways you can take care of yourself and those who depend on you. What you eat makes a big difference in the way you look and feel.  Here are some more suggestions for healthy eating.

  • Eat a variety of foods.
  • Balance the food you eat with physical activity. Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Choose a diet with plenty of whole-grain products, vegetables and fruits.
  • Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • Choose a diet moderate in sugars.
  • Choose a diet moderate in salt and sodium.
MyPlate for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

Eating for Adults and Families

Women's Health

Infants

From the day your baby is born they are able to regulate how much breast milk or formula they need to grow and develop.   Infants should get only breast milk or formula until 6 months of age. When infants are able to hold their head steady, sit with little support, show they want food by opening their mouth to take food from spoon, and stop pushing their tongue out when lips are touched, then they are ready to begin spoon feeding and eating solids in addition to breast milk or formula.  If you introduce a single new food at a time, you will be able to identify foods that cause allergies in your baby. Some foods to avoid before your infant's first birthday are eggs, honey, nuts (including peanut butter), and cow's milk.  When your baby turns 1-year old, it is suggested that you stop using their bottle for feeding.  If you have questions about how to do this, you can talk with your nutritionist at your next WIC appointment.

Infant Feeding

Division of Responsibility in Feeding
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