You may be eligible

WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) provides formula for infants, nutrition for babies and mothers, nutrition education, and referrals to health care at no cost to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5.   

Please know that the NICU does not have formula for you to take home when your baby is discharged. You can use food stamp benefits to get formula. If you do not get food stamps or WIC, you will need to buy formula until you can enroll in these programs. If your baby is going to be in the NICU for several weeks, it is best not to wait until the time of discharge to get on WIC. You should go as soon as possible to your local WIC clinic or to UI Hospitals & Clinics WIC Clinic to enroll your baby (and yourself).

UI Hospitals & Clinics WIC Clinic

Clinic hours are from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Call 319-356-6042 to schedule. Call 319-356-7416 on clinic days. This clinic can certify you and your baby so that you have coupons at time of discharge. Ask your NICU social worker for the WIC paperwork.

Your Local WIC Clinic

If you cannot wait until the UI Hospitals & Clinics WIC Clinic is open, you can get on WIC at your local office.

To make an appointment, call 319-346-6042 if you live in Johnson, Washington, Iowa, or Cedar counties. Call toll free 800-532-1579 and ask for the number of your local clinic for other counties. 

Explain that your baby is in the hospital but you want to get her/him (and yourself) on WIC. 

The table below lists the income guidelines.  Applicants with a gross income less than and including the amounts listed are income eligible for WIC services. If your baby has Medicaid you are automatically eligible for WIC.

2015-2016 Federal Income Guidelines effective through June 30, 2016.
Gross Income:
Household Size Annual Monthly Twice-Monthly Bi-Weekly Weekly
1 $21,775 $1,815 $908 $838 $419
2 $29,471 $2,456 $1,228 $1,134 $567
3 $37,167 $3,098 $1,549 $1,430 $715
4 $44,863 $3,739 $1,870 $1,726 $863
5 $52,559 $4,380 $2,190 $2,022 $1,011
6 $60,255 $5,022 $2,511 $2,318 $1,159
7 $67,951 $5,663 $2,832 $2,614 $1,307
8 $75,647 $6,304 $3,152 $2,910 $1,455
For each additional
member, add:
+$7,696 +$642 +$321 +$296 +$148

Breast Pumps: Breast pump rental is not covered by Medicaid but may be obtained through WIC. If you have WIC, contact your local WIC office. There is a breast pump in each patient room. Pumps are at the Ronald McDonald House and Rossi Guest House, and the NICU Family Lounge. There are a small number of pumps available for loan. Please ask your baby’s nurse if you need a pump.