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Formula Updates and Shortage Information for WIC Clients

Infant Formula Update

As of October 12, your WIC Shopping List and store receipts show your formula benefit as INFANT FORMULA followed by the form (powder, concentrate, ready to feed). You must buy the form listed in your benefits (PWD, CONC, RTF), from the options listed below.

Infant Formula Powder (PWD) Options:

Step 1 formula chart

  • For powder infant formula ONLY: You are able to redeem any of the formulas listed on the Infant Formula pages of the Temporary Choices for Powder Formula. (Note: this does not include Hypoallergenic or Premature formula page options.)  

Infant Formula Concentrate (Conc) Options:

  • Similac Advance 
  • Similac Soy Isomil

Infant Formula Ready-to-Feed (RTF)* Options:

  • Similac Advance
  • Similac Sensitive
  • Similac Soy Isomil

*RTF formula is provided when special conditions are met. 

Tips for Finding Formula

Formula supply can vary by store and region:

  • Try calling ahead or searching the website of a WIC store or pharmacy to check their supply. If you are buying formula without using WIC benefits, make sure to shop at trustworthy stores or pharmacies
  • If you cannot find your formula or a substitute at the store, be sure to check with a store employee. Sometimes extra formula is placed behind a counter in another location, or they may be able to tell you when their next shipment is expected. 
  • Check smaller stores and drugstores. They may not be out of stock when the bigger stores are.  
  • If you cannot find Similac powder formula, check the Temporary Choices for Powder Formula list for substitutes. 
  • If you cannot find your specialty formula or WIC-approved temporary choice, contact your WIC clinic or health care provider to help you find a similar formula that meets your child's needs.
  • Buy only the formula needed soon (10-14 days) and avoid stockpiling. This helps other families have access to formula and gives stores time to restock their shelves.
  • Note some stores may limit the number of formula products customers can buy.
  • Check food pantries, charitable organizations, with your healthcare provider and/or others that may be able to help. Call 211 or your local WIC clinic to learn more about local food pantries.

Infant Formula Shortage Do’s and Don’ts

What to Do

  • Do feed your baby human milk or infant formula.
  • Do call your WIC clinic for questions on breastfeeding and support. Breastfeeding Support During an Infant Formula Shortage
  • Do see the Tips for Finding Formula above and the Michigan WIC Temporary Choices for Powder Formula if your baby’s formula is hard to find. If you can’t find your baby’s formula, including the temporary substitutes, call your WIC clinic for help.
  • Do contact your WIC clinic or health care provider if your baby receives a special formula for allergies or a medical condition and you cannot find the special formula.

What NOT to Do

  • Do not feed your baby homemade formula. This is unsafe and will not meet your baby’s nutrient needs.  Click here to learn more about the dangers of homemade baby formula.
  • Do not ‘water down’ infant formula to stretch it further. This should never be done. Adding extra water to formula can dilute levels of protein and minerals, and lead to low sodium levels in the blood and other electrolyte disorders that may require hospitalization. 
  • Do not feed your baby cow’s milk, goat’s milk, or plant-based milk until they are at least one year of age, as these milks lack nutrients and can cause digestive issues. In rare, emergency situations, whole cow’s milk can be given to healthy babies over 6 months-old, for no more than 1 week, if supported by your health care provider. Click here to learn more about milk alternatives to formula and be sure to talk with your health care provider if considering their use.
  • Do not buy formula from sources that are not trustworthy, as it may be a scam.
  • Do not buy or use recalled formula.

For more information, click here: With the baby formula shortage, what should I do if I can't find any?

Infant Formula Safety

Abbott Formula Recall

  • If you have questions about Abbott formula recalls, please visit similacrecall.com.

Resources 

Get Help

We encourage WIC families to contact their local WIC clinic for help. Families can also contact their health care provider, local public health agency, or community organizations. If you have questions or are concerned about feeding your baby, or use formula for special medical needs, talk to your health care provider.