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June 22, 2022 | Issue 34 (View newsletter as webpage)  Para leer este boletín en Español, haga clic aquí

Important News

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Infant Formula Shortage Guidance

Due to the infant formula shortage,

the New Jersey WIC Program has added new sizes of powdered NJ WIC standard formulas.


The following are the new sizes that are permitted:

  • Enfamil Infant Powder - 29.4 oz
  • Enfamil Gentlease Powder - 27.7 oz
  • Enfamil Prosobee Powder - 20.9 oz


Participants will be able to choose from sizes, depending on store availability.

Larger cans of Enfamil Infant and Gentlease will count as 2 smaller cans. Larger cans will be allowed until September 30, 2022.

Learn more and view examples here

See complete guidance about Infant Formula Shortage here



Alternative Options to Address Infant Formula Shortage

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Although WIC is currently providing additional options for purchasing formula, it is still very hard to find any formula on the shelves.

An alternative for those who may be both breastfeeding and formula feeding is to try to increase their breast milk supply. This can include things such as changing diet and daily routines (more frequent feeds).

For those who may have recently stopped breastfeeding, there is also the option of trying to re-lactate.

Now more than ever it is important that breastfeeding is encouraged and supported, as the formula shortage will be an issue for some time to come.

Learn about re-lactating and increasing milk production here 

Resources for breastfeeding moms according to their zip code

Locate donor breastmilk

Resources for families in need of formula

CDC Guidance on vaccines for pregnant/breastfeeding moms

SPAN's Sister to Sister Doulas offer free community doula support for pregnant people who are residents of Newark, East Orange, and Irvington, NJ, from pregnancy up to 6 months postpartum.

Learn More Here

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking


Hybrid Program Accepting Applications Through June 30, 2022

NJ Partners in Policymaking logo.

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is a leadership development and

advocacy education program for:

  • adults with developmental disabilities (over age 21) and
  • family members of young children and transition age youth.

The goal of this program is to prepare the next generation of disability advocates to work toward meaningful change in New Jersey.

Partners in Policymaking sessions will be delivered using a hybrid model which combines in-person and virtual learning. A fully virtual option for those that are immunocompromised or have an immunocompromised family member that prevents in-person participation will also be made available.


New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is committed to building a diverse group of participants that is reflective of the needs, geography, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds of New Jersey.

The Partners program is now accepting applications from people with developmental disabilities and family members for the class of 2022-2023.

Download the application to learn more and apply. 

Upcoming Events

See what's happening

SPAN offers a variety of learning opportunities for families and the professionals who work with them. 

Upcoming Events include:

REAL Transition Partners:

What Does Independence Mean to Me? 


Too often we discuss independence without involving young adults in the conversation.

Being independent will look different to each of them and it's important for professionals and families to understand this.

Join us to hear from a group of young adults with disabilities about what independence means to them and what skills helped them towards that goal.

 Thursday, July 21, 2022,

from 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Register Here 


See all of SPAN's upcoming events with details and registration links here 

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