March 8, 2010 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Breast Pump Order
SUBJECT 2: Updates on Infant Formulas --- IMPORTANT!
SUBJECT 3: Testimony to Congress Addressing Breastfeeding and Obesity

  1. Breast Pump Order:  Since many agencies are needing Harmony manual pumps and double pumping kits, we will be placing another order with Medela.  We will also be ordering Medela Lactina Select electric breast pumps for agencies that are just starting a breast pump loan program and only have a few electric breast pumps.  If your agency has a good supply of electric breast pumps, we would like to ask you to please refrain from ordering these at this time.  We will be placing another order later in the year.

    To order any of these items for your agency, please complete the attached order form and email to kathy.mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or fax to 573-526-1470 by COB on Friday, March 26, 2010.  Please note that the order form has changed.  If you would like to order any Medela Lactina Select electric breast pumps, we would like to know how many electric breast pumps your agency has and your reason for needing more.  If you have any questions please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792.

  2. Updates on Infant Formulas -- IMPORTANT!  Mead Johnson and Abbott Nutrition (formerly Ross Product/Abbott Laboratories) have announced product name and label changes for some of their formulas.  Please see the attached memo which is to notify you of these changes:  Please share the information regarding the changes with your staff.  If you have any questions and/or concerns, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at 1-800-392-8209 or Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  3. Testimony to Congress Addressing Breastfeeding and Obesity:  Attached is an excellent testimony by Kiran Saluja, Deputy Director of Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) WIC Program in Irwindale, California.  PHFE WIC is the largest local agency WIC Program in the nation serving 326,350 participants every month.  Ms. Saluja very articulately testified at the House Committee on Education and Labor with a very strong message for breastfeeding.  You can listen to the webcast for shorter video clips of the testimony.  The full testimony is attached.

Attachments:
Breastfeeding - Kiran Saluja Testimony
Breastpump Order Request
Notification Memo - Formula changes
A Transition Plan - Default Formula Change - Enfamil to Premium
Formula Change List - Enfamil & Similac
MJN Name & Label CHANGE