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The South Dakota WIC Program supports breastfeeding as the ideal method of infant feeding for the first twelve months of life or as long as mutually agreeable between mother and child. If a mother is unable or chooses not to breastfeed, WIC will provide infant formula.
We recognize that parents look to their family physician in their decisions regarding feeding their infants. For your WIC mothers who are unable to breastfeed or choose not to, we ask that you recommend the standard contract WIC formula unless a medical condition contraindicates its use.
Effective January 29, 2021, the South Dakota WIC infant formula rebate contract for standard milk-based and soy-based formulas changed from Mead Johnson Nutrition Enfamil products to Abbott Similac products.
The new standard formulas for South Dakota are:
- Similac Advance
- Similac Total Comfort
- Similac Sensitive
- Similac for Spit-Up
- Similac Isomil (soy-based)
WIC can only provide formula other than the contract when a physician determines the child has a medical condition that contraindicates use of the contract formula and writes a prescription for another formula. Please use the South Dakota Department of Health (SD DOH) Medical Documentation Form to request a special formula.
All such requests must be reviewed and approved by a WIC Registered Dietitian. If WIC receives a written request for a standard non-contract infant formula, such as Enfamil Infant or Similac Pro Advance, or if the written request lists no specific medical reason, a Registered Dietitian or Nurse will contact the physician’s office for clarification.
WIC cannot provide a formula other than the contract formula to a WIC infant due to physician or caregiver preference.
List of all formulas available to participants effective January 29, 2021. VIEW
- Formulas not listed can be requested on the Medical Documentation Form. Requests will be reviewed on an individual basis for approval.
SD DOH Medical Documentation Form valid effective January 29, 2021. VIEW
2022 Abbott Formula Recall
In February 2022 Abbott voluntarily issued a recall of certain powdered formulas including Similac Advance®, Similac Total Comfort®, Similac for Spit-Up®, Similac Sensitive®, Similac Alimentum®, Similac EleCare®, and Similac PM 60/40® that were manufactured in Sturgis, Michigan. Find more information about the Abbott recall here.
South Dakota WIC participants affected by the Abbott formula recall can temporarily purchase additional powdered formula brands and sizes. The alternatives have been approved until at least May 31, 2022.
Temporary South Dakota WIC Formula Options for Similac Advance, Similac Total Comfort, Similac for Spit-Up, and Similac Sensitive.
Formula alternatives for Similac Alimentum and Similac Elecare require a WIC Medical Documentation Form from the infant’s physician. Please consider approving and listing the following formulas on the WIC Medical Documentation Form:
For Similac Alimentum:
- Similac Alimentum, powder or ready-to-feed
- Enfamil Nutramigen, powder
- Enfamil Pregestimil, powder
- Gerber GoodStart Extensive HA, powder
- Parent’s Choice Hypoallergenic, powder
- Tippy Toes Hypoallergenic, powder
For Similac Elecare:
- Nestle Alfamino
- Nutricia Neocate
- Mead Johnson PurAmino
For Similac Neosure:
- Enfamil NeuroPro EnfaCare
By listing all formula options on the WIC Medical Documentation Form, it allows the WIC participant more flexibility to get a comparable formula if there is limited availability at the nearest WIC vendor.