Important Facts about Formula

Formula may be hard to find due to COVID-19

Many stores have low supplies of infant formula because people are over-buying or stockpiling formula. The amount of formula being produced remains the same.  There is not a manufacturing problem.

Tips for finding WIC authorized formula

  • Call before you shop to ask if the store has the formula you need.
  • Call your WIC office and ask for help locating a store with a supply.
  • Call your doctor’s office and ask if they have any samples from the formula company.
  • Call 211 to get the names of food banks in your area.
  • Ask friends and family if they can order a small supply of formula online and have it sent directly to you. You cannot use WIC benefits online, but a small amount could help until you find the formula in the store.

Are formula companies sending free formula when you call the 800 number on the can?

No. This is a false rumor that has been spread online.  Enfamil has responded to the false rumor with this statement:
Contrary to rumors in some online social networks, we are not distributing free cases of formula. We are instead focused on ensuring equitable availability for every baby.
Enfamil Store Locator:

Why making homemade formula is dangerous

From the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Recipes for homemade formulas on the internet are not safe and do not meet your baby’s nutritional needs.
  • All infant formulas sold in the U.S. meet strict rules about ingredients.
  • Homemade formula mixtures may not have enough iron and vitamins. They could also have too much of certain nutrients that your baby’s kidneys cannot handle.
  • Homemade formula could get contaminated with germs which could lead to infection.
  • The first year of life is a key time for your baby’s body and brain to grow. Your baby could suffer long-term harm if they do not get the right blend of nutrition. Even a short period of poor nutrition can be harmful.

Do not add extra water to your baby’s formula

Do not try to make more formula by adding extra water. Always follow the formula label instructions or those given to you by your baby’s doctor. Adding extra water to formula is dangerous and can lead to very serious health problems. Your baby may not get all the nutrients in the right amounts.

There are no safe alternative milks to replace formula

It is not safe to use regular cow’s milk or other types of non-dairy milk to replace formula. None of these alternatives have the right amounts of very important nutrients including protein, iron, and vitamins. Do not use any of the following in place of formula for your baby:

  • Regular cow’s milk
  • Toddler milks
  • Goat’s milk
  • Plant-based milk substitutes such as soy milk, almond milk, or oat milk
  • Formulas sold online that are imported from other countries

Financial Resources for Residents Impacted by COVID-19

CA has waived the 1-week waiting period for those unemployed or disabled as a result of #COVID19.  If:

  • a medical professional says you are unable to work,
  • your hours have been reduced OR
  • your employer has shut down

You can file a claim:

The Department of Public Social Services is aware of the financial impact that the Coronavirus is having on the health and financial well-being of County of Los Angeles residents, leaving thousands unemployed or underemployed.  The department has provided the below resources to help residents who may be experiencing financial challenges due to the pandemic:


If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file for unemployment insurance. If you are expecting to return to your job after the dust settles, you do not have to be actively seeking new work during the outbreak. But you must be “able and available to work” to get these benefits, which generally range from $40-$450 per week for up to six months.

Click here to file an unemployment claim.


Individuals who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.

Disability Insurance provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50 – $1,300 a week.

Click here- How to File a Disability Claim


Californians who are unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.

Paid Family Leave provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.h

Click here- How to File a Paid Family Leave Claim in SDI Online

Please follow DPSS on Facebook @LACoDPSS, Twitter @LACo_DPSS and Instagram @laco_dpss for more information and updates. 

Census 2020 – Everyone Counts!

It’s time for the 2020 Census! Between March 12 and March 20, homes across the country will receive an invitation to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.

Census results impact planning and funding for your local hospitals, highways, schools and other social programs (like Head Start, school breakfast and lunch, and WIC!). Spread the word to your friends and family that EVERYONE COUNTS for the 2020 Census.

There are 3 ways to complete the census

  1. Online at
  2. By phone – Call 844-330-2020
  3. By Mail – Paper census forms will arrive between March 12 and April 1, 2020.

Get help completing the Census at WIC!

The 5 PHFE WIC centers listed below are offering in-person support to help WIC families complete the 2020 Census Online in March and April 2020. Bring your census form or census ID to one of these WIC centers for assistance completing the 2020 Census:

Bellflower WIC
17610 Bellflower Blvd., Suite A103-A105
Bellflower, CA  90706

Chino WIC
4774 Riverside Dr., Suite B
Chino, CA  91710

Norwalk WIC
13926 S. San Antonio Dr. Suite #102
Norwalk, CA  90650S

San Pedro WIC
312 N. Gaffey St Unit # 101-103
San Pedro, CA  90731

Wilmington WIC
125 E. Anaheim St. Unit C,D,E
Wilmington, CA 90744

For more information on the 2020 Census, visit

Preventing the spread of Illnesses at WIC

On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency in California to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that flu activity for the 2019-2020 influenza season remains high and is expected to continue spreading.

We understand that you may have concerns about the the flu and/or respiratory illnesses. Your family’s health is our priority. We want to share information with you about how we continue to operate safely.

Steps we’re taking
  • We are monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and federal, state and local agencies to ensure the steps we are taking comply with the latest recommendations and guidance.
  • We are communicating regularly with our employees to keep them informed and to ensure their health and safety and that of our participants.
  • WIC centers have been given hand sanitizer for use by both employees and participants.
  • We are taking extra precaution to wipe down surfaces in WIC centers to maintain a safe and sanitary environment.
  • We are encouraging WIC employees to stay home if they are ill.
  • We are encouraging participants to complete their appointments online at or reschedule their appointments if they are ill.
Steps you can take
  • Stay informed. The CDC website is a reliable source for information:
  • Stay home if you are sick. If you have an upcoming WIC appointment, call or text us to reschedule. You may also be eligible to complete your appointment online at to have your benefits loaded to your card from home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • If you have traveled outside of the United States or had close contact with someone who recently traveled abroad and was sick, contact your health provider. Avoid public spaces until you are cleared by your medical provider.
More about COVID-19

Coronaviruses usually cause an upper respiratory tract illness like the common cold. The new strain is associated with a range of symptoms from milk fever to cough and shortness of breath, or pneumonia (lower respiratory tract illness).

There is no specific treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 at this time. Most infected people will recover on their own.

As COVID-19 is new, this is an evolving situation and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Learn more about COVID-19 here:

Here is a quick reference guide about what you need to know about the novel (new) Coronavirus:


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CinnaMoms celebrates Black History Month at St. Andrews Place WIC

PHFE WIC and CinnaMoms recognizes that providing safe cultural spaces to promote equity for Black women can create healthy conversations across the life course. The CinnaMoms brand provides a platform to share and support breastfeeding, parenting, and health equity for the Black family. With the help of our partners, CinnaMoms staff were excited to partner with St. Andrews Place WIC to celebrate Black History Month 2020!

The staff did an amazing job with décor, planning and execution under the leadership of Supervisor, Alejandra and Eddie. Shout-out to staff members, Daisy and Liz for your “Diva of Black History Month” design, and kudos to the entire staff at St. Andrews Place WIC for a job well done.

Eddie and Rodasha were MC’s who set the stage for the event. Beautiful CinnaMoms tote bags were given to participants upon arrival. Families visited several community partners including Dental, Welcome Baby, Black Infant Health, HealthNet, and L.A. Care. Attendees enjoyed a fun breastfeeding game, led by Wanda. Families expressed their 2020 goals via a thought-provoking “vision board” session led by Sharen. Administrative staff, Kiran, Morgan, Valerie, Pina, and Tonce presented the awards to honorees and partners. Belen and our videographer, Jeremy, took amazing photos and audio interviews of participants and honorees. The event was catered by a community partner and the desserts were curated by St. Andrews Place WIC staff.

Awards were granted to individuals in the following categories:

CinnaMoms Advocacy Award – Glenisha Cargin

CinnaMoms Breastfeeding Achievement Award – Ashly Coleman

CinnaMoms Breastfeeding Recognition Award – Vashti Stoner

Janice Payne Peer Counselor Award – Princess Rhonda Clayton & Jessica V. Estrada

CinnaMoms Maternal Health Pioneer – Josephine Easter

Congratulations to all the honorees!

Special thanks to the planning committee members: Valerie Bradford,  Rodasha Scott, Judith Rangel, Kelly Bennett, Belen Rediet, Pina Hernandez, Veronica Ramos-Castruita, Claudia Merida-Bustillos, Ilanna J. Trayber, Wanda Kenlow, Morgan Ervin, Alejandra Flores, Sharon Anthony, and Toncé Jackson.

For more event photos visit us at and follow us on Instagram CinnaMoms_