IMPORTANT NOTICE: Infant Formula Availability

Updated Information for WIC Participants

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.

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.

The WICShopper app is a very helpful tool for families to see their formula prescriptions and identify the different types of formula that can be purchased.  We recommend downloading the app and registering your WIC Card for up-to-date information about your benefits. Please see www.ebtshopper.com for more information.

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. 

We are seeing better availability of the 12.5-ounce cans of Similac Sensitive powder at many WIC-authorized retailers for those that have benefits for Similac Sensitive or who want to change their benefits to get Similac Sensitive. If your local store does not have Similac Sensitive available, WIC can still offer you comparable formula alternatives. You will need to contact your local WIC office to change your prescription.

Special medical formula continues to be a challenge, but we anticipate improvement over the coming weeks.  Your local WIC program can help you find the special formula you are prescribed and work with your health care provider if an alternative formula may be easier to find. WIC families that have MassHealth can also talk to their health care providers about sending a prescription for their formula to a local pharmacy to get the formula through insurance.

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 wicinfo.dph@massmail.state.ma.us

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):

  • Isomil
  • NeoSure
  • All concentrated liquids and ready to feeds

What to do

Visit www.similacrecall.com or call 1-800-986-8540 to find out if your formula is included.

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.

baby recall product code information

 

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.

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