IMPORTANT NOTICE: Infant Formula Availability
We know that finding certain infant formulas continues to be a challenge, and WIC is here to help. Formula supply concerns are impacting infants across the country, both WIC and non-WIC participants alike. We are working with manufacturers and stores to monitor the situation.
WIC families that have benefits for 12.4-ounce cans of Similac Advance powder should be able to locate the product at WIC-authorized retailers.
WIC families that have benefits for 12.5-ounce cans of Similac Sensitive powder may have difficulty finding this product at WIC-authorized retailers. Comparable formula alternatives are available to be issued temporarily by your local program. You will need to contact your local WIC office to change your prescription.
If you are unable to find your baby’s formula, you can contact your local program or the 800 number on the back of your WIC Card for help finding a store that has the product in stock. You can also contact your local WIC office to change your prescription for temporary access to comparable formula options that may be easier to find at the store.
Important Information – It is unsafe to overdilute formula, make homemade infant formula or use regular cow’s milk, goat milk or milk substitutes to feed infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding infants iron-fortified infant formula during the first year of life when human milk is unavailable.
Feeding breast milk and formula? If you are partially breastfeeding and would like help increasing your milk supply to reduce the amount of formula your baby receives, call your local WIC office or call or text your breastfeeding peer counselor. WIC has many breastfeeding resources available to support you.
Participants should first reach out to their local WIC office with questions. Contact information, including email addresses, can be found here: Locations | Mass.gov Participants who need additional support can also reach out by email to [email protected].
Abbott Recall Information for WIC Participants
In February, Abbott has issued a recall for Similac powder formulas manufactured in Sturgis, Michigan.
The following Abbott formulas on the Massachusetts WIC formula list are all produced in Sturgis, MI and were affected by the recall:
- 12.6 oz Similac Total Comfort powder
- 12.5 oz Similac for Spit-Up powder
- All EleCare powder Infant and Jr
- All Alimentum powder
- Similac PM 60/40 powder (one lot added to the recall list on 2.28.22)
The following Abbott formulas on the Massachusetts WIC formula list are produced in Sturgis, MI as well as other plants and were partially affected by the recall:
- 12.5 oz Similac Sensitive powder
- 12.4 oz Similac Advance powder
The following Abbott formulas on the Massachusetts WIC formula list were not affected by the recall (not produced at Sturgis, MI plant):
- All concentrated liquids and ready to feeds
What to do
Products are included in the recall if they have all three items below:
- the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37, and
- the code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, and
- the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.
NOTE – The codes on the bottom of new Similac Advance and Similac Sensitive cans coming to stores this month will look slightly different because they are not coming from the impacted plant in Michigan.
At this time, Similac PM 60/40 with lot code 27032K80 (can) / 27032K800 (case) are the only type and lots of this specialty formula being recalled.
DO NOT feed your baby formula if it is included in this recall.