WIC Formula Changes Coming August 2022

Standard WIC formulas are changing this August for California WIC Participants. In fall 2022, caretakers of infants who require milk-based formula will receive Similac formula instead of Enfamil. Here is what you need to know about the upcoming change.

Which WIC Formulas are Changing?

Starting in August 2022, infants receiving cow’s milk-based formula with their WIC benefits will receive Similac formula (a product of Abbott).

Enfamil Formulas No Longer Available from WIC After July 2022

Enfamil Infant
Enfamil Gentlease
Enfamil A.R.
Enfamil Reguline

Similac Formulas Available from WIC Starting August 2022

Similac Advance
Comparable to Enfamil Infant
Available August 1

Similac Sensitive
Available August 1

Similac Total Comfort
Comparable to Enfamil Gentlease and Enfamil Reguline
Not available August 1 (Contact your WIC office)

Similac for Spit-Up
Comparable to Enfamil A.R.
Not available August 1 (Contact your WIC office)

*WIC does not require a prescription for these formulas.
**Similac Spit Up and Total Comfort formulas will be available at a later date due to supply delays.

Which WIC Formulas are Not Changing?

Infants receiving soy-based formula with their WIC benefits will continue to receive Enfamil ProSobee. WIC will also continue to provide formulas for medical conditions by prescription when needed. These therapeutic formulas include Enfamil Nutramigen, Enfamil NeuroPro Enfacare, Similac Alimentum, Similac Neosure, and Pediasure.

When Will I See the Formula Change on the WIC Food Balances?

Milk-based formula added to your WIC Food Balance on or after August 1, 2022, will be a Similac product. These products can be purchased at a WIC-approved grocery store starting on your August benefit start date.

Formula added to your WIC Food Balance on or before July 31, 2022, will be Enfamil products. Enfamil products can be purchased through October 31, 2022, using your WIC card.

If your formula has been added to your WIC Food Balance before August 1, 2022, and you request an exchange after August 1, 2022, you will receive a Similac product on your WIC Food Balance.

Families receiving Enfamil ProSobee will not see any changes to their formula brand or type on the WIC Food Balance.

Will My Baby Notice the Change?

Some babies may not notice a difference at all, and some may need some time to adjust. Talk to your WIC counselor at your next WIC appointment about what to expect when transitioning your baby to a new formula.

How Can WIC Help Me Breastfeed or Chestfeed?

WIC empowers parents to make the best infant feeding decisions for their families. Birthing parents are encouraged to breastfeed or chestfeed infants up to age one and beyond as mutually desired. In addition, breastfeeding and chestfeeding families receive extra support. These additional support WIC services include more foods to meet the lactating parent’s increased nutritional needs, individualized lactation education, and breast pumps when needed.

For breastfeeding and chestfeeding questions and concerns, call the Infant Feeding Helpline at (888) 278-6455, Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or text 91997 to connect with a lactation expert.

Why is WIC Formula Changing?

The United States Department of Agriculture requires the WIC program to go through a bidding process with formula suppliers. This bidding process reduces costs and ensures California can provide formula to all eligible WIC families. The California Department of Public Health has awarded the contract for cow’s milk-based formulas to Abbott and the soy-based formula to Mead Johnson.