WIC and Food Stamps

We used to get WIC until a just-out-of-college nutritionist tried to tell me to give my lactose intolerant son milk-based PediaSure..and wouldn't listen to why it was wrong even after showing her a label... Now our finances are back to such that I'm a debate away from going into the office again. I don't want to deal with that person. Especially with Eva's cavities.. (Which by the way, fermented cod liver oil is helping her tooth grow back!! YAY!!!) Anyway-small victory for me...but I know how the state likes to get involved in stuff once they have a toe in.
If I apply for food stamps-which would probably be more beneficial-they are going to want to put the kids on medicaid..And if I put the kids on medicaid, I will have to fight about well-baby visits and vaccinations... So I'm debating with myself how much do we really need?.... I avoid the doctor like the plague because the new nurse reported me for insisting on JUST a tetanus shot for Eva when she was 1 instead of a DTaP shot. They had to order it in, which meant a day wait-but we did go back and get it. And the crazy lady reported me for it. My child wasn't in danger, tetanus live in horse crap-there's no horse crap on my bed frame!
....Ok..rant over.. Still not at a decision on food stamps, but I am going to the WIC office when we go for our walk today. And dreading every second of it if the new nutritionist is still coming here.

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    06/06/14
    Beth
    Well... here's my thought. and I suggest this because I do it a lot with the doctors offices... What the nutritionist is told, and what you can do can be very different things. I spend a lot of our pediatrician appointments smiling and nodding about the things that we "should" be doing for the kids - what we do at home is a completely different story. I'm not familiar with the WIC or foodstamp programs, but surely they don't monitor close enough to know you aren't following their advice to a T right?
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    06/06/14
    No WIC isn't bad.. And that's what I used to do, too.. What made me stop was that nutritionist INSISTING he NEEDS milk. Despite it being in the file and a note from the doctor. If I hadn't dealt with allergies before or knew nutritionists are sometimes off their rockers, I would have had a sick baby on my hands. We were also in a better financial situation whereas now we are finding it hard to keep fruit and veggies in the house.
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    06/06/14
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    06/06/14
    It's my understanding ObamaCare changed that.. Now, whether the social workers actually follow it is another thing.
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      06/06/14
      You can always call and make a WIC appointment and request to not see that person and explain the situation. That way you can deal with someone else.
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      06/06/14
      I don't remember her name. I know she was disciplined and retrained.. The one i like was there and told me to come back next week because she was booked up today and there is a conference beginning of the week.
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      06/06/14
      Oh well that is good! It's always nice to have someone in those situations that you like. It is already stressful enough and then having a bad experience just makes it even worse. I'm glad you found someone.
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        06/06/14
        4Rina
        I don't know anything about WIC or food stamps, but what would be the big objection to well-baby visits? I'm not even going to get into the vaccine thing, as I've been pretty clear where I stand on that issue in other posts, and I'm pretty sure it's not where you stand...but I don't understand why not well-baby visits. That's where doctors assess your child's growth and development,and I've always found them to be reassuring - a place where I can ask my questions. So if well-baby visits are holding you back, but you need food stamps, I would suggest that they shouldn't be a barrier.
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        06/06/14
        The social worker in town is also the food stamp applicant taker.. If we qualify for food stamps, they will also assess qualifications for medicaid. Thanks to ObamaCare, well baby checkups are supposed to be required under medicaid. I know when my kids are sick and if they are sick enough I take them to the doctor. I can weigh and measure them at home, I don't see the need to go a place where sick people are treated to measure a perfectly healthy baby. Whereas the local physicians assistant (closest thing we have to doctor) understands our reasons for not vaccinating and therefor does not ask, the nurses won't leave us alone about it. So unless the kids are really sick, I see no need for it.
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        06/06/14
        4Rina
        I hear you, but I still think that if you need the food stamps assistance, then having to go to well child visits, even if you may not agree with all they say, is a small price to pay. Also, most good doctor's offices schedule the well visits separately from sick child visits to minimize the spread of infection. But, of course, nothing is fool-proof.
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          06/06/14
          I stopped at the WIC office.. Secretary isnt in today, the nutritionist was busy and they have a training conference Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week. So trying again Thursday.
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