Colorado WIC Formula Updates
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Updated March 3, 2023
As the supply of baby formula in Colorado continues to be a concern, USDA is now allowing Colorado WIC to provide some temporary formula options through April 30, 2023, if participating families can’t find their regular WIC Enfamil formula at the store. Previously, the temporary formula options were set to end on February 28, 2023.
If you cannot find the Enfamil formula on your food benefits list at the store, please contact your local WIC clinic and they can add alternative temporary formula options instead of Enfamil to your eWIC card for March and April.
As a reminder, you can continue to buy the larger can sizes of the powdered Enfamil formulas if listed on your food benefits through April 30, 2023.
If you are a health care provider, please click here for additional information.
Are medical formulas for babies and kids with special needs still available through Colorado WIC?
Yes. Babies and kids that receive specialty formulas for medical reasons prescribed by a doctor can continue to receive these formulas in the WIC-allowed can sizes. For a list of specialty medical formulas available through Colorado WIC with a prescription, click here.
If I need to switch to a different formula, will my baby tolerate it?
As long as they are the same formula type, your baby will probably do just fine. For example, stick with cow’s milk-based formula if your baby tolerates it well. If your baby doesn’t seem to like the taste or has a hard time tolerating the new formula, try gradually introducing small amounts of the new formula mixed in with the usual formula. Slowly increase the amount of the new formula.
Be patient, since it may take some time for your baby to get used to a new formula. If you have questions about whether your baby is tolerating the new formula, call your pediatrician.
Resource: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) website. Refer to the section titled, “Try a New Brand of Formula.”