Formula is available for infants up to 12 months old who are not exclusively breastfed. California WIC currently offers the Enfamil cow’s milk and soy-based formulas below without a doctor’s prescription in powder or concentrate form.

Please check your food balance on the CA WIC App to confirm the formula brand, type, size, and the number of cans included with your WIC benefits.

Due to recent formula shortages, some stores may limit the number of cans that can be purchased per shopping trip. Shop on or sooner after your benefit start date. Call stores before you shop to ask if your formula is in stock or to find out when they expect to receive their next shipment.

Need to change your baby’s formula? Text 91997.

 

WIC Standard Formulas

How to Prepare Formula

Always follow proper formula instructions when mixing a bottle for your baby. Do not dilute formula or make homemade formula.

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Enfamil Infant

12.5 oz powder or 13 fl. oz liquid concentrate

Milk-based, iron-fortified

Used for full term, healthy infants

Enfamil Gentlease

12.4 oz powder only

Milk-based, reduced lactose with partially broken down milk protein

Used for fussiness, gas, colic

Enfamil Reguline

12.4 oz powder only

Milk-based, includes prebiotics and partially broken down proteins

Used for constipation

Enfamil A.R.

12.9 oz powder only

Milk-based with added rice starch

Used for spit up and GERD

Enfamil ProSobee

12.9 oz powder or 13 fl. oz liquid concentrate

Soy-based, milk-free

Used for fussiness and gas from milk sensitivity, vegan food practices

All baby formulas are regulated by the FDA to adequately meet your baby’s nutritional needs.


Commonly Prescribed Formulas for Medical Conditions (Prescription Required)

Similac NeoSure

Milk-based

Increased protein, vitamins, and minerals for growth

Used for prematurity

Enfamil EnfaCare or NeuroPro EnfaCare

Milk-based

Increased protein, vitamins, and minerals for growth

Used for prematurity or low birth weight

Similac Alimentum

Milk-based

Hypoallergenic formula with broken-down proteins for easier digestion

Used for severe food allergies, sensitivity to intact protein, protein maldigestion, or fat malabsorption

Nutramigen with Enflora LGG

Milk-based, powder

Hypoallergenic with broken down proteins and lactose-free

Used for allergies including cow's milk and soy protein allergies, GERD, and malabsorption

Nutramigen Concentrate

Milk-based, concentrated liquid

Hypoallergenic with broken down proteins and lactose-free

Used for colic from cow's milk protein allergy and soy protein allergies

PediaSure

Ready-to-feed supplemental shake

Used to provide additional calories to children age 1 and older with food restrictions including lactose and gluten intolerance

Some infants may require therapeutic formulas for medical conditions. The WIC program helps coordinate care with health care providers to provide these formulas to WIC-eligible infants and children along with WIC services and other allowed WIC foods.

All infants and children receiving WIC services and medically necessary formulas from any source are required to submit a completed WIC Pediatric Referral form signed by their physician. New Pediatric Referrals are required every three months while infants and children receive WIC and formulas for medical conditions from any source.

WIC requires the health care provider to submit an authorization/referral to the patient’s Medi-Cal Managed Care plan or a prescription for the patient to take to a pharmacy that accepts Medi-Cal.

If Medi-Cal or Medi-Cal Managed Care will not cover a formula, WIC may be able to provide one of the above formulas.

 

For questions or assistance regarding a therapeutic formula for your infant, text 91997.

WIC Formula Change in 2022

 

Starting August 1, 2022, California WIC will offer Similac cow’s milk formulas instead of Enfamil cow’s milk formulas while continuing to offer Enfamil soy-based formula.