North Country Family Health Center

The Watertown, Evans Mills/Fort Drum, and Lowville WIC programs offer nutrition, health, breastfeeding and wellness support for qualifying women, infants, and children. If you’re struggling to pay for high-quality foods for yourself or your child, need help with nutrition counseling, or you’re searching for the right health and social services, the North Country Family Health Center can help. The program is for all local residents who meet the eligibility requirements, and is a powerful tool for your family.

If you’re a resident of the state of New York and you meet NY WIC eligibility criteria, you can receive the support you and your child need for a healthy start. Give yourself the gift of health and apply for WIC services either by clicking the ‘Start Your Application’ button above, or by calling or stopping by our Jefferson or Lewis County WIC offices. We look forward to helping you learn more about nutrition, breastfeeding, and other community resources.

Don’t let financial hardship get in the way of good health. The WIC program was created to help pregnant women, new mothers, and children access healthy and wholesome foods. Use your WIC benefits at any participating stores and stick with the nutritional guidelines to minimize nutritional risk.

Starting October 1, 2020!

If you or your child is scheduled for a Recertification Appointment you will need to come into the office.  If you or your child is scheduled for Nutrition Appointment, you can stay home and your appointment will be completed over the phone.  Please call if you have questions about your appointment.

If you are coming into the office for a Recertification Appointment you must meet the following conditions:

  1. No fever, or symptoms of COVID,
  2. Have not visited at risk States in the last 14 days,
  3. Wear a mask when in our building and offices,
  4. Only 1 Adult attending appointment,
  5. Bring only the child/children needed for WIC appointment,

If you have questions please call our offices in either Jefferson County at (315) 782-9222 or Lewis County at (315) 376-6427

Attention Lowville WIC Participants!

Thank you for your understanding as we work to renovate our space!

WIC is open!

Starting October 1, 2020!  If you or your child is scheduled for a Recertification Appointment you will need to come into the office.  If you or your child is scheduled for Nutrition Appointment, you can stay home and your appointment will be completed over the phone.  Please call if you have questions about your appointment.

If you are coming into the office for a Recertification Appointment you must meet the following conditions:

  1. No fever, or symptoms of COVID,
  2. Have not visited at risk States in the last 14 days,
  3. Wear a mask when in our building and offices,
  4. Only 1 Adult attending appointment,
  5. Bring only the child/children needed for WIC appointment,

If you have questions please call our offices in either Jefferson County at (315) 782-9222 or Lewis County at (315) 376-6427

Mother & Baby Contact

To reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19 from the mother to the newborn, facilities should consider temporarily separating (i.e., separate rooms) the mother who has confirmed COVID-19 or is a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) from her baby until the mother’s transmission-based precautions are discontinued.

COVID-19 & Breastfeeding

During temporary separation, mothers who intend to breastfeed should be encouraged to express their breast milk to establish and maintain milk supply. If possible, a dedicated breast pump should be provided. Prior to expressing breast milk, mothers should practice hand hygiene. After each pumping session, all parts that come into contact with breast milk should be thoroughly washed and the entire pump should be appropriately disinfected per the manufacturer’s instructions. This expressed breast milk should be fed to the newborn by a healthy caregiver.

If a mother and newborn do room in and the mother wishes to feed at the breast, she should put on a face mask and practice hand hygiene before each feeding.

"While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby"

Breastfeeding is the best start you can give your baby and WIC is here to help you meet your breastfeeding goals.  We have Certified Lactation Counselors and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors available to share information, and offer support and guidance along your breastfeeding journey.

M.I.L.K a Breastfeeding Play Date!

Looking for FREE mom-to-mom support?

Jefferson and Lewis County WIC offers a free breastfeeding support group for ALL moms in our area! Pregnant, breastfeeding and breastfeeding-supportive moms are welcome to join us and receive:

 Breastfeeding information (from pregnancy through
weaning)
 An opportunity to have your questions answered
 An opportunity to meet other moms

Join us VIRTUALLY every Wednesday from 11p-12p
Search on Facebook for our Private MILK Group
The link to join the virtual group will be posted there.

Need Breastfeeding Help? Call/Text a Peer Counselors Anytime!

Lewis County

Kelli

(315)804-1723

Jefferson County

Sheena

(315) 836-6341

 Ellen

 (315) 836-5464

Shyannne

(315) 955-4148

Office Locations

Watertown
238 Arsenal St.
Watertown, NY 13601
ph: 315-782-9222
Lowville – NEW ADDRESS
5402 Dayan Street
Lowville, NY 13367
ph: 315-376-6427
LeRay Medical Center
26908 Independence Way
2nd Floor
Evans Mills, NY 13637
ph: 315-782-9222