Infant Feeding Options

WIC encourages our health partners to adopt policies and create environments that are supportive of breastfeeding. 

Infant Feeding Options

 

Helping moms meet their breastfeeding goals

 

The WIC program recommends exclusive breastfeeding for up to six months and continued breastfeeding for two years or as long as mutually desired by mother and infant. Exclusively breastfeeding WIC moms get an enhanced food package, and WIC encourages our health partners to adopt policies and create environments that are supportive of breastfeeding. 

WIC wants parents to be informed, confident and comfortable with their infant feeding decisions and to choose the option that best supports their needs and circumstances.

If breastfeeding is not exclusive, WIC can provide both milk-and soy-based formulas for our clients. WIC also maintains a formulary of therapeutic formulas for medical conditions that may be provided with a medical request from a health care professional.

WIC wants parents to be informed, confident and comfortable with their infant feeding decisions, and to choose the option that best supports their needs and circumstances.
  • plus sign minus sign Milk-based formula
    Enfamil infant formula
    Enfamil Infant (milk-based)
  • plus sign minus sign Soy-based formula
    Similac Soy Based container
    Similac Soy Isomil (soy-based)
  • plus sign minus sign Formulas for mild intolerance

    Effective 2/1/2021, a medical request is no longer needed for these formulas. Effective 10/1/2022, the formulas below will be available for participants.

     
     
     
    Enfamil Gentlease container
    Enfamil Gentlease (partially hydrolyzed, reduced lactose)
    Enfamil Added Rice container
    Enfamil A.R. (added rice starch)
    Enfamil reguline container
    Enfamil Reguline (partially hydrolyzed, 50% carbohydrate content from lactose)
  • plus sign minus sign Therapeutic formulas

    See the Texas WIC Formulary for available therapeutic formulas, which require health partners to fill out a Texas WIC Medical Request for Therapeutic formula. WIC approval is required. 

    See the Formula Prescriptions page for forms and other formula-related documents.

  • plus sign minus sign Requesting metabolic formulas

    Metabolic formula products are available to treat inborn errors of metabolism and metabolic disorders.

    Requests for metabolic formulas must come from recognized metabolic centers using the Texas WIC Medical Request for Metabolic Formula/Food.

    WIC staff do not counsel or provide education concerning these specialized medical conditions but must approve all metabolic formula requests.

    For more information about the metabolic products available, see the resources below. For questions about metabolic formula requests, call your local WIC clinic or contact state WIC staff. 


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