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 up to six months and continued breastfeeding for 1 to 2 years and beyond. 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, and other formulas by prescription and in medically-indicated cases.

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
    Similac Advance container
    Similac Advance (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

    If an infant experiences mild intolerance symptoms after trying Similac Advance or Similac Soy Isomil, health partners can fill out a Texas WIC Medical Request for Formula/Food Form for the following formulas. WIC approval is required for these formulas.

    Similac Sensitive container
    Similac Sensitive (mostly lactose-free) – for lactose sensitivity and colic​
    Similac for Spit-Up container
    Similac for Spit-Up (rice starch added) – for excessive spitting up 
    Similac Total Comfort container
    Similac Total Comfort (partially hydrolyzed 100% whey protein and low in lactose) – for digestive issues and/or colic​
  • 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 Formula/Food Form. 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 for the treatment of 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.