Alert: Questions about Homemade and Diluted Formula
As the infant shortage continues, we are getting more questions about diluting baby formula or making your own homemade baby formula. MFHS reminds our participants that both practices are dangerous and should not be attempted. Watering down formula to stretch is out is not safe. It can cause nutritional imbalances in your baby and lead to serious health problems. Always mix formula as directed by the manufacturer. And while recipes for homemade formulas are circulating online and may seem healthy or less expensive, they are not safe and do not meet your baby’s nutritional needs. Infant deaths have been reported from some use of homemade formula.
You can learn more about both practices and why they shouldn’t be attempted at this American Academy of Pediatrics website. Please contact your WIC office with questions and review all of the substitute formulas available below to find an option for your child.
Similac Formula Recall Flyers
Click the images below to view some helpful infographics that you can save to your phone for easy access when shopping for formula.
If you have one of the following Similac formulas on your eWIC card, you can substitute it with the products listed. This does not require a WIC visit or a food package change. You can simply go into a grocery store that takes WIC and use your eWIC card as normal.
Similac Advance Powder
If you have Similac Advance Powder currently on your eWIC card, you can purchase the following products through June 30, 2022:
- Similac Advance 12.4oz (make sure it is not one of the recalled lot numbers)
- Always My Baby Advantage 23.2oz
- Always My Baby Infant 22.2oz
- Earth;s Best Organic 21oz
- Enfamil Infant 12.5oz or 21.1oz
- Enfamil Reguline 12.4oz or 19.5oz
- Enfamil Enspire 20.5oz
- Enfamil NeuroPro 20.7oz
- Gerber Good Start Gentle 12.7oz
- Gerber Good Start Gentle Pro 20oz
- Happy Baby Organic 12oz or 21oz
- Parent’s Choice Advantage 12.4 oz or 23.2oz
- Parent’s Choice Infant 12.5 oz.
- Parent’s Choice Organic 23.2oz
- Tippy Toes Advantage 23.2oz
- Tippy Toes Infant 22.2oz
Similac Sensitive Powder
If you have Similac Sensitive Powder currently on your eWIC card, you can purchase the following products through July 31, 2022:
- Similac Sensitive 12.5oz (make sure it is not one of the recalled lot numbers)
- Enfamil NeuroPro Sensitive 19.5 oz or 29.4oz
- Parent’s Choice Sensitivity 12.4oz or 22.5oz or 34oz
- Tippy Toes Sensitivity 22.5 oz or33.2oz
- Always My Baby Sensitivity 22.5 oz
- Earth’s Best Organic Sensitivity 23.2oz
- Happy Baby Organic Sensitive 21oz
Similac Total Comfort
If you have Similac Total Comfort currently on your eWIC card, you can purchase the following on your products through July 31, 2022:
- Similac Total Comfort 12.6oz (make sure it is not one of the recalled lot numbers)
- Enfamil Gentlease 12.4oz or 19.9oz
- Enfamil NeuroPro Gentlease 19.5oz
- Gerber Good Start Soothe Pro 12.4oz or 19.4oz
- Parent’s Choice Gentle 12.0 oz or 21.5oz
- Parent’s Choice Complete Comfort 22.5oz
- Tippy Toes Gentle 21.5oz
- Always My Baby Gentle 21.5oz
- Earth’s Best Organic Gentle 23.2oz
Similac Pro Total Comfort
If you have Similac Pro Total Comfort currently on your eWIC card, you can purchase the following on your products through July 31, 2022:
- Enfamil Gentlease 27.7oz
- Enfamil NeuroPro Gentlease 30.4oz
- Enfamil Enspire Gentleease 29.0z
- Gerber Good Start Soothe Pro 30.6oz
- Parent’s Choice Gentle 34oz
- Parent’s Choice Complete Comfort 29.8oz
- Tippy Toes Gentle 33.2oz
If you have Similac For Spit-Up on your eWIC card, you can purchase the following on your products through July 31, 2022:
- Enfamil A.R. 12.7 oz or 19.5 oz or 27.4oz
- Parent’s Choice Added Rice Starch 32.2oz
Please be sure to carefully check the labels for the substitute formulas. Some brands have very similar packaging for different types of formula. Only the specific brands, types, and sizes listed above are WIC approved.
Safeguarding Infant Health during the Recall
The recall is an important measure to safeguard infants from exposure to Cronobacter and Salmonella, bacteria that could impact infant health and development.
Parents and caregivers of infants who have already used recalled infant formula products and have concerns about the health of their child should contact the child’s healthcare provider.
Tips for Families who use formula:
- Medical providers recommend that families turn to other regulated infant formulas that are not part of the recall. WIC is helping with this.
- The FDA cautions that other options, such as homemade formula can lead to serious error and could result in harm to infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics also cautions against homemade infant formulas
- The FDA and the American Academy of Pediatrics also caution against over dilution of formula in an effort to stretch supplies. This is a very dangerous and potentially fatal practice
- If families need infant formula immediately due to limited or lack of stock in grocery stores, food banks are another possible option. Feeding America has a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs across the country. Many Feeding America network food banks provide free baby food, formula, and non-food staples such as diapers, toilet paper, and more. Click here to locate the closest Feeding America food bank near you.
WIC participants can visit www.similacrecall.com or call 1-800-986-8540 to find out if your formula has been recalled.
Recalled infant formula can be returned to the grocery store.