WIC widens formula brands for participants
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick
The Alabama Department of Public Health’s Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) expanded the range of formula available to program participants as the nationwide shortage of baby formula continues.
According to a release, WIC “is allowing flexibilities with some infant formulas, to include varying the forms (powder, concentrate, ready to use), and sizes issued to WIC families.” The program also authorized store returns and exchanges for recalled formulas.
Mead Johnson Nutritionals, whose line of Enfamil formulas has not been affected by the current recall, is contracted to keep WIC products on Alabama’s shelves.
Dr. Karen Landers, a pediatrician and chief medical officer with ADPH, urged parents to consult their family physician before making decisions on their babies’ food options during this shortage.
“Diluting formula, making your own formula, and using formula not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration can cause your baby to become sick,” she said.
WIC Program Nutrition Services Director Pam Galloway emphasized breastfeeding as an alternative to formula that has long-term benefits for children, such as protecting them from asthma, ear and respiratory infections, allergies and even lowering the risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease.
For more information about Alabama’s WIC Program, visit their website.