And why should non-WIC moms care?
I typed the question “What percentage of babies are on WIC” into Google and found several sites saying that 45% of American babies are on WIC. This means that 45% of babies’ parents in America are low enough income to qualify for WIC. Actually, probably more than that are because I’m sure there are people who financially qualify but feel it is not worth the hassle. I myself would quit using WIC way before our family reached the $47,712 annual income limit that is made for a family of 5.
With such a large percentage of our American babies being fed through WIC, what does that mean for non-WIC moms and babies? Does it have an effect on them besides raising their taxes a little bit?
Yes it does, WIC has a huge effect on non-breastfeeding, non-WIC moms. Just think about it for a minute. A company is told the government is going to buy formula for 45% of the babies in America. Formula companies know that the government loves to spend money and can easily be tricked into thinking it is saving money. The formula companies have inflated their prices drastically, and then give a little rebate to the government to make them think they are saving money. Really EVERYONE is paying more for formula in America than they should be, both the government, and especially the mother who is not on WIC.
For additional information, go read a much more detailed explanation of how the government and formula companies are making formula cost more for non-WIC moms.
If WIC could be successful in getting moms to breastfeed their children more and formula feed less, I have a feeling formula prices could possibly go down. Unfortunately, WIC hasn’t been too successful at convincing moms to choose the often challenging task of breastfeeding over receiving free formula.