WIC stands for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. The Program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, supplemental nutritious foods, counseling at WIC clinics, and screening and referrals to other health, welfare, and social services. The goal of the Program is to improve the health of pregnant women, infants and children (under 5 years) through better nutrition and access to health care. To be eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must meet categorical, residential, income and nutrition risk requirements.
** WIC staff is available to answer all inquiries, including appointment details, nutrition education guidance, and benefit issuance. Please call the Great Bridge office at (757) 382-8608 or the South Norfolk satellite office at (757) 382-2651.
Chesapeake Health Department – Main Office
748 N Battlefield Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(behind Chesapeake Regional Healthcare)
Open 8:30 am. Last appointment is 3:30 pm, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Open late Wednesday and Thursday. Last appointment is 5:30 pm. Please call (757) 382-8608 for more information or to make an appointment.
Hours of Operations: 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Closed on observed Federal Holidays. Please call (757) 382-2651 for more information or to make an appointment.
What you need to bring to your appointment:
- Your child
- Proof of INCOME for entire family
- Proof of identification for the individual to be enrolled
- Proof of address
- A referral form from your doctor with current weight, height and hemoglobin or hematocrit (Child must still be present)
- Immunization record
One of the most important choices you will make as a parent is how you will feed your baby. Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby and it’s all your baby needs for the first 6 months of life. Chesapeake WIC offers support to pregnant and breastfeeding moms through the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program. Our breastfeeding peer counselors help empower moms to reach their breastfeeding goals by providing them with breastfeeding resources, information, tools and supplies by providing pregnant and breastfeeding moms with one-on-one support, offering breastfeeding classes, helping them continue to breastfeed after returning to work or school, issuing breastfeeding supplies, and developing relationships. Exclusively breastfeeding moms on WIC also receive extra food benefits. Our peer counselors, and the rest of our supportive WIC staff, are proud to play a role to ensure a successful breastfeeding journey so that both mother and baby can experience all of the health benefits that breastfeeding has to offer.
If you would like to learn more about how the Chesapeake Health Department WIC Program supports breastfeeding or have breastfeeding questions, please call our Breastfeeding Line at 757-831-1748, available 24 hrs/day.
If you would like to attend or learn more about free local La Leche League breastfeeding support group meetings in Hampton Roads, please call 757-857-8403, check out their webpage www.lllusa.org or check them out on Facebook, La Leche League of Hampton Roads.