Similac Baby Formula Alternatives



Recent lawsuits allege that baby formula products from Similac put infants at an increased risk of developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). NEC is a deadly condition that kills intestinal tissue. Despite evidence linking Similac to the fatal condition in premature babies, the manufacturers have not issued a recall or included warnings on product labels regarding the potential risk of NEC. If you are searching for an alternative to Similac baby formula, you can consider options like Gerber products. Pasteurized human donor milk from Prolacta is also an option. Moreover, if your infant became ill after consuming Similac, you could file a lawsuit against the manufacturer, Abbott Laboratories. Our personal injury attorneys are here to help.

What Are Some of the Alternatives to Similac?

Infants sometimes have trouble nursing, so they may need extra nutrition to grow and develop at a healthy rate. Driven by the need to meet their infant's nutritional needs, parents often turn to milk-based formulas to supplement their diet.  When choosing how to feed your infant, you want to ensure they get all the necessary nutrients without potentially putting their health at risk. For a Similac alternative, consider the following options for your baby. 

Gerber Baby Formula

Gerber is among the most reputable names in nutritional products for infants and toddlers. Founded in 1927, the company has built trust for over 90 years, producing various infant formulas, toddler formula, food, and snacks. For example, Gerber's Good Start Grow formula offers numerous options to suit the different nutritional needs of an infant. From primary infant formula to supplemental protein and probiotic formulas for breastfeeding babies, Good Start Grow is fortified with the essential nutrients necessary for robust growth and development. What is more, the company has designed formulas meant to reduce common health issues such as colic, gas, and fussiness.


Many studies have highlighted the benefits of human-sourced milk for infant growth and development—particularly for premature babies. To address this, the company Prolacta Bioscience began making donor milk available to extremely premature babies in 2006.  The company prides itself on its commitment to ethical business practices and advancing the science around human milk. While Prolacta focuses on feeding premature infants, it is also exploring other areas where it can offer support.

Baby Formula and Food Safety Tips

Babies and toddlers are especially susceptible to food-related illnesses. Therefore, it is crucial to observe reasonable care when preparing formulas. You first want to ensure that you are up to date with the FDA list of recalls and ensure that you do not use any of the recalled products. Instead, follow the instructions stipulated by FDA or the manufacturer. Other measures to observe include:
  • Washing your hands before preparing the formula
  • Ensuring that the package is adequately sealed—do not use a product with broken packaging
  • Not leaving open containers of baby formula out for long
  • Not sharing spoons with your baby, even between siblings
  • Throwing away all expired foods
If your child develops an illness after you've taken these precautions, it is worth investigating the baby formula itself. 

Does Baby Formula Cause NEC?

Studies dating back to 1990 have linked baby formulas to NEC. For example, a study from Expert Review of Clinical Immunology cited data suggesting that premature infants fed bovine-based formulas such as Similac are at least six to 10 times more likely to develop NEC than breastfed infants. If your infant has been fed with Similac baby formula, consult with your doctor or physician about the potential risk of developing NEC. Your doctor can recommend alternatives and monitor your child for any symptoms.

Our Attorneys Can Help You Pursue Justice

Multiple parties could be liable if your baby suffered injuries caused by Similac or any other baby formula. Whether it is the manufacturer, the wholesaler, or retailer, the party at fault is responsible for any loss incurred due to the injury.  Our attorneys can investigate your case to hold the right people liable and financially accountable. We could help you recover damages such as:
  • Medical bills for your infant's treatment and any future related treatment 
  • Loss of wages in case you missed work due to your baby's illness
  • Loss of companionship
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional turmoil and stress

Criteria for Pursuing a Food Formula Claim or Lawsuit

While there could be many reasons to file a baby formula lawsuit against the manufacturers, there are minimum criteria your case must meet to recover compensation. Some of them include:
  • The infant must have been born before its term, usually less than 36 weeks gestation period.
  • The infant has used Similac or another baby formula associated with NEC.
  • The infant was diagnosed with NEC after consuming said products.

Fees and Costs for Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

Our lawyers provide free, no-obligation case evaluations. Additionally, we do not charge any fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Our firm's contingency fee is a percentage of your payment settlement.

Contact Dolman Law Group for Assistance

We understand that the first few weeks of a premature baby's life are the most fragile. With this understanding, our attorneys work diligently to ensure that we protect the rights of the consumers who rely on baby formula products. At Dolman Law Group, we can help you determine if baby formula may have caused your infant's illness and hold the right people accountable. Our lawyers can represent you in a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim. Call us today for a free case evaluation at (727) 451-6900.

Matthew Dolman

Clearwater Personal Injury and Insurance Attorney

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess or $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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